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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: "The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel"


Monday January 11, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

For Whom

Grade 9 - Adult


AADL staff lead a discussion of The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez, the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2016.

This is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. It centers on the story of a fifteen-year-old girl, Maribel, whose family must leave their life in Mexico so she can receive medical care. She falls in love with the neighbor's son, and their love has the potential to devastate everyone involved. The story includes viewpoints from both families, and immigrants from all over Latin America.

The book received much critical acclaim and was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, and was an NPR Great Read. It was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by Mother Jones,, School Library Journal, and BookPage.

Copies of the book are available at the Ann Arbor District Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, and area bookstores. For more information on Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads, visit the Reads website at