The Other Americans

A Novel

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Author: Laila Lalami

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1524747157

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui—father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant—is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Maryam, who still pines for her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself. As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, each in their own voice, connections among them emerge. Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love—messy and unpredictable—is born. Timely, riveting, and unforgettable, The Other Americans is at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

The Other Americans

A Novel

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Author: Felice Laverne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781672094481

Category:

Page: 333

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Set in the contemporary South amongst an affluent and storied African-American clan, The Other Americans is a timely and powerful family saga about W.E.B. DuBois' "Talented Tenth" and the abuse suffered at the hands of the privileged and their ambitions.The Dessommes family has had their share of troubles--as rival siblings Vincent and Jillian can attest--but as Vincent prepares to step into his birthright as CEO of The Dessommes Group, the repercussions of this looming shift in power and an unresolved childhood secret risk shattering the careful façade the family has erected to maintain their power...and their denial. The impact of the power shift shakes up the lives of: Vincent's wife, Delaney, a would-be social worker who unwittingly gave up her chance at a career for a ritzy marriage she never really wanted; her best friend, Aaliyah, who still believes in the American Dream, even though her trials with corporate climbing make it more and more difficult to put faith in; Nigel, a former classmate of Vincent's tries to resist the unrelenting pull the extravagant world they live in has on his life; and Jillian, the abdicated social princess of the family who has a little problem with razor blades and haunting memories from her past.Cutting deep into the fabric of family ties and the scars of their upbringings, the Dessommes family is forced to confront its long-hidden dark history as they learn what happens when class lines clash inside of a crucible of decades-old allegiances and secrets--and of how far we'll go to harm ourselves...and others. As the characters--deeply divided by class lines and caste systems--collide, often unbeknownst to each of them, their lives weave together and touch each other poignantly as they discover the way that sisterhood can pull us back from the brink of self-destruction...or push us to it. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is significant.

The Other Americans in Paris

Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880–1941

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Author: Nancy L. Green

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022613752X

Category: Social Science

Page: 337

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A “thorough and perceptive” portrait of the not-so-famous expatriates of the City of Light (The Wall Street Journal). History may remember the American artists, writers, and musicians of the Left Bank best, but the reality is that there were many more American businessmen, socialites, manufacturers’ representatives, and lawyers living on the other side of the River Seine. Be they newly minted American countesses married to foreigners with impressive titles or American soldiers who had settled in France after World War I with their French wives, they provide a new view of the notion of expatriates. Historian Nancy L. Green introduces us for the first time to a long-forgotten part of the American overseas population—predecessors to today’s expats—while exploring the politics of citizenship and the business relationships, love lives, and wealth (or in some cases, poverty) of Americans who staked their claim to the City of Light. The Other Americans in Paris shows that elite migration is a part of migration, and that debates over Americanization have deep roots in the twentieth century.

The "other" Americans

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Author: Marcel Gomes Balla

Publisher: Maverick Publications (OR)

ISBN: N.A

Category: America

Page: 143

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The Other American Story

“The Struggle to Be a “Free Spirit”

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Author: Donmyno

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1796060178

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 198

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This book is about my life, accomplishments and Places i got to be. It will point out some of these parallels about life in Chicago’s during my early childhood development. There is always a reason for the things that happen to us in life. Sometimes we can control it, sometimes it will control us. It really depends on the “Choices” we make.

The Other American The Life Of Michael Harrington

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Author: Maurice Isserman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786752807

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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"Most Americans first heard of Michael Harrington with the publication of The Other America, his seminal book on American poverty. Isserman expertly tracks Harrington's beginnings in the Catholic Worke"

The Other Americans

A Novel

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Author: Navidad Thélamour

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781791890971

Category:

Page: 354

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A timely and powerful novel about what it means to navigate hidden status lines and what it means to step over them that is at once a family saga, a glimpse behind the veil of a broken marriage, and a quest for the new-age American Dream while exploring the treacherous fault lines of American culture. The Dessommes family has had their share of troubles -- as rival siblings Vince and Jillian can attest -- but as Vince prepares to step into his birthright as CEO of the family's holdings, the repercussions of this looming shift in power and a cascade of events bring together a diverse cast of characters: Vince's wife, Delaney, a would-be social worker who unwittingly gave up her chance at a career for a ritzy marriage she never really wanted; her best friend, Aaliyah, who still believes in the American Dream, even though her trials with corporate climbing make it more and more difficult to put faith in; Micah, a social and corporate climber who has everything Aaliyah is trying to attain but still reaches for more - possibly to their detriment; Nigel, a former classmate of Vince who's confounded by the extravagant world Vince travels in and tries to resist the unrelenting pull it has on his life; Paige, the prodigal daughter of a Dessommes family friend whose reputation precedes her; and Jillian, the abdicated social princess of their circle who has a little problem with razor blades and haunting memories from her past that never seem to go away. As the characters - deeply divided by race and class lines - collide, their lives weave together and touch each other poignantly. Set in the American South and with chapter titles inspired by popular Southern sayings, here you'll find an ode to a culture and an exploration of "the other Americans," the little-known subculture of elitist African Americans whose high society and centuries-old social prejudices are rarely explored. Walking the lines of cultural fissures and boundaries, The Other Americans is a family saga of this lineage's unspoken past and the way that sisterhood can pull us back from the brink of self-destruction...or push us to it. Cutting deep into the fabric of family ties and the scars of their upbringings, the Dessommes family is forced to confront its secrets as they learn what happens when class lines clash inside of a crucible of decades-old allegiances and social prejudices -- and of how far we'll go to harm ourselves...and others. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is significant.

The other Americans

how immigrants renew our country, our economy, and our values

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Author: Joel Millman

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780140242171

Category: Political Science

Page: 369

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A journalist examines the everyday lives of immigrants in America--from Indian motel owners to Chinese farmers--and argues that they have brought hope to America

The Other Americans

Our Neighbors to the South

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Author: Edward Tomlinson

Publisher: New York ; Chicago [etc.] : C. Scribner's sons [1943]

ISBN: N.A

Category: Latin America

Page: 456

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