Show Notes

 Lisa discusses the book American Dirt by American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This book delves into a mother and son’s journey to escape the cartel and flee to the U.S. as an illegal immigrant. 

 This book has caused many people to look at immigration very differently but it’s also been controversial because Cummins is a white writer and isn’t Hispanic. 

Myriam Gurba writes an amazing take-down of the book criticizing the characters saying they are stereotypes that she says are highlighted in the book. 

 Writer Roxanne Gay says in this piece in Medium that the publisher’s dinner in celebration of the book had centerpieces with small concrete walls wrapped with barbed wire was “callous display” and “aestheticizing trauma.”
This piece calls American Dirt trauma porn and The Guardian delves into the responses from Latinix writers. 

 In this piece, The Long Shadow of American Dirt, a New York Times writer reflects on The American Dirt “debacle” three years later. The piece talks about self-censorship. 

 Books Discussed:

Salito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora

 Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli 

 Children of the Land: A Memoir by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo 

 Where We Come From by Oscar Casares 

 Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester 

 Other publications have come up with lists of books to read as well. UST Today has a list of books here. The Texas Observer also offers up 17 great books.

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