- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Cordillera West Books (May 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615824064
- ISBN-13: 978-0615824062
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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Amor and Exile: True Stories of Love Across America's Borders Paperback – May 31, 2013
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"Immigration, at its core, is about the constantly changing American story, at the heart of this timely and important book. Immigration is not about 'the border.' It's about families, it's about communities, and as Nathaniel and Nicole vividly tell, it's about love." -- Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and founder of Define American
"The plight of same-sex binational couples is one of the nation's most significant untold stories. This moving, gripping book brings to life the serious injustice and struggle that discriminatory laws impose. As someone who is part of such a couple, I'm grateful that there's finally a book examining all aspects of this issue--and an outstanding book at that." -- Glenn Greenwald, Guardian columnist, former constitutional lawyer and author of How Would a Patriot Act?
"Beautifully told love stories that illuminate the many ways in which immigration can enrich our lives." -- Helen Thorpe, author of Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America
"A mesmerizing, important look at some of the most overlooked people in the immigration debate--U.S. citizens who follow their deported loved ones into an agonizing exile... Amor and Exile deserves a wide readership." -- Ellin Jimmerson, Ph.D., historian, theologian and writer/director of "The Second Cooler," an award-winning migrant justice documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen
About the Author
By Nathaniel Hoffman and Nicole Salgado
Nathaniel Hoffman has written about immigration and politics for more than a decade as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Idaho and California. Hoffman filed stories for the Christian Science Monitor, High Country News, The Miami Herald, AlterNet and NewWest.net and produced audio reports for KQED public radio in San Francisco and KBSU in Boise. He worked as a reporter at Boise Weekly, the Contra Costa Times and the Idaho Press-Tribune. Hoffman is the founding editor of The Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship at Boise State University. He lives in Boise with his wife and two daughters and a large front-yard garden.
Nicole Salgado is a biologist, author/activist, educator and artist based in the Central Mexican highlands. Amor and Exile is her second book—she is also author and illustrator of The Bajio’s Bounty: Home Cooking from the Querétaro, Mexico Region. Salgado is actively involved in the environmental and education fields both in the U.S. and Mexico. Her writing and art centers on nature, sustainability, motherhood and biculturalism. Salgado is originally from Central New York and has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from San José State University. She lives in Querétaro, Mexico, with her husband, daughter, two cats and a flock of birds.
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Her husband, a Mexican citizen, had been deported not long after that baby, their fourth child, had been born, leaving her with the children, a mortgage, and a mountain of stress that just seemed to get higher and higher everyday. I learned that this woman, an American citizen and registered nurse, traveled to a small pueblo outside of Guadalajara every few months so that he could see the baby (the rest of the children stayed behind, too expensive to bring along), and that he hadn't seen the rest of the kids in months. According to her, there was no hope that her husband would ever become a US citizen, and that the hope for their future as a family in the United States was pretty nonexistent. She said that she would soon have to make a choice- to give up on the relationship with the father of her children and move on with their lives- or leave the United States to join him in his small village in Mexico. Ignorantly, I suggested option after option, to which she would shake her head and explain why it wouldn't work. I remember thinking to myself, "That's ridiculous. All they need is a good attorney!"
But alas, things are never that simple, especially when it comes to Immigration laws in the US, and unfortunately, her situation is anything but singular. I had no idea, until reading Amor and Exile, just how many families are being ripped apart and forced to make heart-wrenching, difficult decisions because they fall in love with "the wrong person".
Amor and Exile is a timely, important book that offers a glimpse into the lives of several couples affected by immigration laws. The book gives us a rare, emotional view to a political debate that, while wildly controversial, has strangely turned hackneyed and cold in recent years- perhaps due to how often we hear about it. The more desensitized we become to this debate, the less likely we are to consider the people it affects. Amor and Exile reminds us just how deeply American families, the building blocks of our society, are being toppled over by outdated and unfair immigration laws- and forced into exile. Nathaniel Hoffman does an amazing job of explaining international immigration laws so thoroughly, and co-author Nicole Salgado, a biologist by profession, delivers such a powerful and beautifully written narrative that leaves me hoping she'll write another book someday, about immigration (the conclusion to her story, perhaps?) or anything at all.
Character development is superb as travelers cross a national border and fall in love. What could be more simple? Who doesn't fall in love in Mexico?
It used to be as easy as marriage, but now, with the tangled web of state and national laws and a slow administration, immigration reform is at a standstill.
Immigration laws are languishing in sludge as families on both sides of the border are being destroyed. In Armor & Exile, co-authors Hoffman and Salgado brilliantly show us the consequences.
Signed, David Haun
(I am in a family, AMAZON Prime and this was not written by the name on the account.)
P.S. This gripping tale is enjoyable to read. I also got KINDLE copy for a few dollars more and like the ease of reading a few pages on my iPhone, waiting in-line at the supermarket.
Now looking forward to the third format for books, AUDIBLE. Of course, with the co-authors reading.
I have seen Hoffman and Salgado in person and conference SKYPE-TV and both speak with a lucid, pleasant voice, making them great readers for a great book. Looking forward to the sequel, David