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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
By (author): Jason DeParle
9780670785926 Hardcover English General Trade HISTORY / United States / 21st Century Aug 20, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.22 x 9.27 x 1.28 in 400 pages 1 FAMILY TREE Viking
One of The Washington Post’s 10 Best Books of the Year

“A remarkable book…indispensable.”—The Boston Globe

“A sweeping, deeply reported tale of international migration…DeParle’s understanding of migration is refreshingly clear-eyed and nuanced.”—The New York Times

“This is epic reporting, nonfiction on a whole other level…One of the best books on immigration written in a generation.”—Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted

The definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino family, by a veteran New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

When Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations and turn into the defining chronicle of a new age—the age of global migration. In a monumental book that gives new meaning to “immersion journalism,” DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family as they endure years of sacrifice and separation, willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. At the heart of the story is Tita’s daughter, Rosalie. Beating the odds, she struggles through nursing school and works her way across the Middle East until a Texas hospital fulfills her dreams with a job offer in the States.

Migration is changing the world—reordering politics, economics, and cultures across the globe. With nearly 45 million immigrants in the United States, few issues are as polarizing. But if the politics of immigration is broken, immigration itself—tens of millions of people gathered from every corner of the globe—remains an underappreciated American success. Expertly combining the personal and panoramic, DeParle presents a family saga and a global phenomenon. Restarting her life in Galveston, Rosalie brings her reluctant husband and three young children with whom she has rarely lived. They must learn to become a family, even as they learn a new country. Ordinary and extraordinary at once, their journey is a twenty-first-century classic, rendered in gripping detail.

Story Locale: Galveston, TX and Manila, Philippines

MYTH-BUSTING: Immigration policy is a fixture in our headlines, but Rosalie’s story is the reality: a hardworking nurse who contributes greatly to her community and enriches the country.

AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY: Rosalie’s story is an irresistible American tale of migrant striving. Born poor, she ventured abroad, and beat the slum-girl odds. Readers will fall in love with her and her family, and learn many challenges already exist to just getting the first visa.

DEFINITIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE: DeParle is a well respected expert on poverty and immigration. This ambitious book spans places as diverse as Manila, Abu Dhabi, San Francisco, New York, and Germany.

Jason DeParle, an Emerson Fellow at New America, is a reporter for The New York Times and has written extensively about poverty and immigration. His book, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Helen Bernstein Award from the New York City Library. He is a recipient of the George Polk Award and is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Author Residence: Washington, DC

Author Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

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Praise for American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare:

“Courageous and deeply disturbing…DeParle challenges the nation.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A powerful, bracing antidote…masterful detail.”—Los Angeles Times

"A panoramic view…starkly honest….a humorous, emotional story that is exhaustive in detail and scope.’’--The Boston Globe

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