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In nearly 100 entries, this first-of-its-kind collection presents the full range of the experience of coming to America--from the reasons for emigration, the journey itself, the shock of first arrival, and, above all, the struggle with the complexities of Americanization.
Ilan Stavans, editor, is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language. He edited Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, volumes #149, #150, and #151 of The Library of America.