Lafayette READS!is a quarterly reading and discussion group, under the umbrella of your Lafayette Public Library. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues.  Our informal discussions will focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world.  Lafayette READS! covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics.  We’re a reading group that really does talk about the book! You can find all current and previous book selections in the catalog.

March

Upcoming Selection: The Newcomers, by Helen Thorpe

The Newcomers is the moving story of the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers over the course of a school year at South High School in Denver, Colorado. From the award-winning author of Soldier Girls, The Newcomers is a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a public high school learn English and become Americans, in the care of a compassionate teacher.

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“A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story...Thorpe’s book is a reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.” The New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary. . . . The Newcomers puts a human face on the refugee question. The book is a journalistic triumph. Thorpe . . . pens a masterful book that lets readers see the humanity instead of the facts and figures and politics of the immigration debate.” —The Denver Post

“This book is not only an intimate look at lives immigrant teens live, but it is a primer on the art and science of new language acquisition and a portrait of ongoing and emerging global horrors and the human fallout that arrives on our shores… The teens we meet have endured things none of us can imagine…But we learn a great deal, and that’s never been more crucial than at this moment.” —USA Today

“Thorpe’s fascinating chronicle of a year in an English-acquisition class at a Denver high school provides a timely and much-needed perspective on the global refugee crisis.” Los Angeles Times

“Thorpe provides a layered portrait of the students and explains the daunting refugee crisis in America and elsewhere . . . . [and] puts an agonizing human face on a vast global problem.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An extensive, riveting account that presents the manifold challenges of the refugee crisis through the microcosm of one classroom.” —Booklist