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May 07, 2021jdmm4ever rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This book serves as an excellent introduction to the perils faced by migrants. The characters are generally believable and hopefully make people more sympathetic to the hardships faced by those who live in countries plagued by poor…
May 02, 2021mls2 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Wow! This could easily have been non-fiction! What a journey! Well written book. Hard to read at times but hard to put down. Pulls at your heartstrings for sure.
Apr 19, 2021Llaureys66 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
American Dirt is a tragic story of survival. Lydia and her son make the harrowing journey el Norte while facing many obstacles. I was anxious to finish this book but at the same time afraid to see how their journey ends. As far as the…
Apr 18, 2021DanglingConversations rated this title 1.5 out of 5 stars
Too grim to read.
Apr 15, 2021spudwil rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Compelling, fast paced story. I finished it in a weekend. Couldn’t put it down!
Apr 12, 2021nancybos rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
"A Grapes of Wrath" for our times by Don Winslow is the blurb on the cover of American Dirt. I'm sorry, this is not anywhere close to Steinbeck's classic in my opinion. I found the writing very simplistic and cliche-ridden. So much so…
Apr 03, 2021
Good story, read as fiction, had no expectations going into it.
Mar 23, 2021
This book is intense! Heart pounding, exactly! I had to switch to an Anne Tyler book every few chapters just to calm myself down. This is an unforgetable, amazing book, one of the best I've read in years. Don't read it before bed!
Mar 22, 2021king5683 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Powerful. Compelling. Timely.
Mar 18, 2021book27 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Heart-pounding, takes you along for the ride.
Mar 15, 2021mclarjh rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Melodramatic; inauthentic; for general audience.
Mar 01, 2021celiawhite99 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Great book! Compelling story about a Mex migrant and her son escaping the cartel to get to American soil.
Feb 24, 2021hboening rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book is a roller coaster of emotions and really challenges you and makes you ask "what would you do if you were in Lydia's shoes?"
Feb 17, 2021CarlaCS rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
No doubt, Cummins can write. American Dirt was a page-turner from front cover to the end. The story is tightly told; no wasted description, dialogue, or scenes. Its unfortunate---perhaps even a crime against literature---that the novel…
Feb 17, 2021
Recommended by Beth
Feb 17, 2021feralranger rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I was aware of the controversy surrounding this book before I read it but it is fiction and I read it on that level. If it were non-fiction I would expect it to be taken apart tooth and nail but it is an invented story based on 4 years of…
Feb 16, 2021
I had just read "On The Plain of Snakes", so the story rings true. I still found it difficult to read. Maybe the fact that Mexico is still a third world country catering to the drug addicted North. Question : Why is Mexican Government…
Feb 14, 2021jbr722 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK AND FELT THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK DID A VERY GOOD JOB IN CREATING THE PEOPLE SHE PROTRATED IN THIS BOOK. IN READING THIS BOOK I CAN FEEL THE MIRGRANT FEARS AND HOW MUCH THEY RISK TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR…
Feb 09, 2021OPL_Cvana rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
What to do when you lose nearly everyone in your family? This is the dramatic story of a mother and child who flee for their own lives from Mexico to the United States. Their lives suddenly transformed from upper middle class to that of…
Feb 07, 2021
Excellent read. Harrowing.
Jan 31, 2021
This is a well written and evenly paced adventure story tracing the escape by a mother and her 8 year old boy from a murderous cartel in Acapulco Mexico and their trek to the illegal entry into the United States. The author is clearly…
Jan 29, 2021Rokaly rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
A frightening Mexican migrant experience of a woman and her young son fleeing the omnipresent cartel in Mexico headed to the U.S. I thought Lydia's relationship with Javier was rather disconcerting. An easy read, simply written, with the…
Jan 28, 2021
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Jan 26, 2021Catv413 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
While the characters are fictional, accounts of what migrants must overcome within the borders or their own country isn't. The violence consuming many areas of Mexico/Central America are real. It was eye-opening to read of the internal…
Jan 25, 2021KeanS rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book is well written and a real page turner. I would definitely recommend it. One of the best books I've read in a while.