American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, (2020) 386 pgs. 16.7 hrs. PWC 12,
FFX 86, OD 150

Lydia runs a bookstore in Acapulco, Mexico. When her journalist husband writes a tell-all
profile on the jefe of the newest drug cartel, Lydia and her eight-year-old son are forced to flee.
As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia sees that everyone is running
from something. But what are they running to?

“This book is not simply the Great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the
great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.”—Sandra Cisneros
(Latina American author) “I couldn’t put it down. I’ll never stop thinking about it.”—Ann

An optional additional read on the topic of refugees is:

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri, (2019) 337 pgs. 8.7 hrs. PWC 8, FFX 16, OD 11

Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and
friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When
all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home.
But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief
as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be
utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home,
never to be forgotten.