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Best Book about Refugees in USA

One of my life's best pleasures or joys is reading.  That pleasure is made visible every month I have been leading the way at the Frackville Free Public Library since 2003.  We have ventured to read more than 120 books since we started.  That's a lot of books, Especially when you hear the statistic that 40% of the country has not read a book in the last year, many have not since high school!   Less than 17% even go into a book store and I can bet its even lower for walking into a library these days!  

I can tell. 

With the recent campaigning for Presidency I want more people to be less ignorant.  I want more voters to be knowledgeable about the laws and policies already in place regarding the specific issues that our next choice will have power to change.    If you don't know what the rules and regulations are - you are easily swayed or just not understanding that our country has very real and solid programs to allow in refugees safely and why we do it as well as what happens once they are here and who monitors it all. 

This book was one of our selections 2 years ago - I selected it because I knew the quality of the author's material from her previous books on adolescent girls.  It seemed odd that her next choice would be refugees but as you read it - her experience working directly with refugees tells us volumes about the experience from someone with social work, counseling and insight.  

I can't encourage reading it enough.   It is compelling, educational and revealing.  It will open your eyes or blindside you by how we as a country embrace or reject those traveling to our country and navigating through our odd customs, rules and communities.   The book is filled with interesting tidbits and stories of real life scenarios that this population deals with firsthand - every day.   You will look at your own daily life very differently as you consume their stories.  You will come out on the 'other side' thinking differently.   You will be changed by knowing more.  You will begin to have confidence in some of the rules but question others.   You will erase many of your fears and prejudices and know more specifically what to say and do.   

Its a book that provokes conversation and debate.  That's what we need more of.  We need to stop instigating fear and hatred of the unknown and start with knowledge so we can support and vote for good decisions and decision makers.   

It is available on Kindle -bookstores and of course - www:amazon.com  
I would also suggest it as 'Summer Reading' for high school/college students - there may be refugees attending their schools and campuses.   


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