American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club)
Books | Fiction / Family Life / General
Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt, the #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick that has sold over three million copiesLydia lives in Acapulco. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the cartels, Lydia’s life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. But after her husband’s tell-all profile of the newest drug lord is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.Forced to flee, Lydia and Luca find themselves joining the countless people trying to reach the United States. Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
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"An important book for those of us fortunate enough to be born in the United States. Not a quick read nor an easy read. I wouldn’t call it a good/bad book either. Makes you think. I have been lucky to be able to teach and live in several third world countries. This book, although fictional, may give others an opportunity to explore empathy in a new way."
"Did I still enjoy the book? Yes. Like I enjoy fictional Hollywood movies. Like how the Fast and Furious franchise exaggerates the ability of fast cars. Like the adult industry adulterates sex. Like John Wick magically evades every bullet and villain. I think it’s important to have the American Dirt book smack dab in the middle of my growing book collection from Latinx authors. It’s a big part of Mexican American history, now. How will I share this story with the younger generations? Like Oparah said, I’ll “lean into it“. I’ll offer it to be read with Mexican Gothic. They’re both books about colonization. One, a fictional fantasy story that compares colonization to a diseased fungus. The later, a fictional fantasy story about how colonizers view Mexicans and immigrants. For a more detailed review, check out my blog link in the profile 🫀"
"It’s so good!!!"
"One of the best books I have ever read. "
"Couldn’t stop reading. It was so good. Eye opening. "