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9 Must-Read Immigration Books for Fall

Oct 20, 2022

Fall reading outside

With the weather getting cooler and the leaves changing, fall is the perfect time to stay home and curl up with a new book. If you need some reading suggestions, look no further! We’ve rounded up our favorite immigrant-themed books for you to enjoy this fall season:

Stay True

Stay True is a touching memoir by Hua Hsu, staff writer at The New Yorker and first-generation Taiwanese American. Hua’s coming-of-age story grapples with grief and how to cultivate a sense of belonging.

Olga Dies Dreaming

This emotional novel is about a wedding planner juggling her social ambitions, absent mother, and being a Puerto Rican in America in the wake of Hurricane Maria.


We can’t recommend this book enough! A beautiful immigration story about those who risk everything and leave home in pursuit of the American Dream.


If you’re looking for a quick short story, “Snowstorm,” part of the New Yorker’s Flash Fiction series, tells the touching story of a young woman studying in the U.S. video calling her mother back home in Brazil during a snowfall.

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Illegally Yours

Rafael Agustin was a teenager when his parents revealed they were in the country illegally. In his memoir, the “Jane the Virgin” writer recounts his journey from undocumented immigrant to Hollywood success story.

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water

After being unexpectedly let go from her job in her mid-50’s, a Dominican American woman in New York is forced to start over and finds herself sharing her multifaceted life story at her job counselor’s office.

It Won’t Always Be Like This

If you love graphic novels, add this intimate memoir by Malaka Gharib to your list. Gharib carefully details her childhood growing up between the U.S. and Egypt and how living a multicultural life helped shape her identity.

If I Survive You

In this series of short stories, first-generation Jamaican American brothers defy their family’s expectations and traditions to forge their own paths in life.

Until Someone Listens

In this heart-wrenching, autobiographical picture book, young Estela fights to protect her family and raise awareness for separated loved ones across the country when her mother is deported to Mexico.

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