AOT #183: Helen Thorpe Podcasts Just Like Us
Helen Thorpe, wife of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, is a freelance writer who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Observer, and Texas Monthly, among other publications. Thorpe reads from and discusses Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, a powerful and moving account of four young women from Mexico who have lived most of their lives in the United States and attend the same high school. Two of them have legal documentation and two do not. This brilliant, fast-paced work of narrative journalism is a vivid coming-of-age story about girlhood, friendship, and, most of all, identity. No matter what one’s opinions are about immigration, Just Like Us offers fascinating insight into one of our most complicated social issues today.
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