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2016 Resources


You can find copies of The Book of Unknown Americans at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, and in area bookstores.

Visit the author's and the publisher's websites.

Use this Reader's Guide as you and your group read and discuss the book. Hosting your first book discussion? Take a look at these Book Discussion Guidelines to keep the conversation flowing and on topic.

Read a three-question interview with Cristina Henriquez about her book and take a look at her short piece, A Year in Reading 2015, to see her recommendations for the year.

Explore Eastern Michigan University Library's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Research Guides.

These Youth Reading Lists, created by the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ypsilanti District Library, allow younger readers to join in learning about themes from this year's Read. Look for expanded lists on the Ann Arbor District Library's website for Grades K–5 and Grades 6–8.

Inspired by the book, the #UnknownAmericans Project on Tumblr shares real Unknown Americans stories. Users can submit their own stories and photos related to how they came to the United States and what their lives are like now, and the stories and photos are shared on the internet to bring awareness to real Unknown Americans like the characters in the book.

The Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti Library have been selected as grant recipients for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Visit AADL’s Latino Americans page for more details including screening times for the PBS series Latino Americans to be shown in both English and Spanish.


Cristina Henriquez participated in the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival, and there she was joined in conversation by Coya Paz, artistic director of Free Street Theater.

Cristina also appeared on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show to discuss The Book of Unknown Americans and its characters.

In this episode of Martin Bandyke Under Covers, Martin talks to music journalist Chris Morris about his book Los Lobos, which traces the long and genre-spanning four-decade career of the band famous for their chart-topping 1987 cover of "La Bamba."

RELATED TOPICS features a list of Top Latino Films About Immigration presents The Immigrant Experience Through Some Essential Movies

For more on Latino Immigration as an issue, read David G. Gutiérrez's An Historic Overview of Latino Immigration and the Demographic Transformation of the United States and examine Pew Research Center's Immigration page.


PALMA (Proyecto Avance, Latino Mentoring Association), a tutoring group that helps Latino students in the Ann Arbor area with their schoolwork and adults with basic English as a Second Language instruction, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library.


Hosting a book discussion, Read program, or want to promote the Read? See our Posters Page for posters you can download and print to promote the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program or your own book discussion!