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NHCC Book Club: Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

December 16, 2021

5:30 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom
To join, contact Dr. Patricia Marie Perea by emailing her at Patricia.perea@state.nm.us

“In Once I Was You, Maria shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the south side of Chicago and documenting the existential wasteland of immigration detention camps for news outlets that often challenged her work. In these pages, she offers a personal and eye-opening account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also enabled willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today.

This honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth. Once I Was You is an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all.” – Goodreads

Free community event

The NHCC Book Club is sponsored by AARP.

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