The Immigrant Advantage: An Inspirational Slice of American Culture -Book Review
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Claudia Kolker

About the Author: Claudia Kolker has reported extensively from Mexico and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Japan, India and Pakistan. A former Los Angeles Times bureau chief and member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board, she has also written for The Economist, The Washington Post, The Boston GlobeO: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, and Salon. She lives in Houston with her family.  For The Immigrant Advantage, Kolker visited Korean and Chinese afterschools, West Indian multigenerational households in New Jersey, and Chicago’s “Little Village,” among others.

About the book: The Immigrant Advantage is a fascinating look into the lives of immigrant enclaves in the United States that we so seldom gain access to, and an inspiring exploration about how these customs can enrich our own lives.  You may purchase a copy of this book at

FTC Disclosure: Juan of Words received a free copy of the book from the author as part of a Simon & Schuster book tour. Juan of Words was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

7 thoughts on “The Immigrant Advantage: An Inspirational Slice of American Culture -Book Review

  1. Hi Juan, I’m back! Haha! I love your book reviews. This one sounds like one I’d be very interested in reading. Hope I’m the lucky winner ; )

  2. Sounds like a very interesting book. Would love to win a copy for myself. I wonder what made Claudia think about this particular subject matter for a book?

    1. Kelly Hey, now that’s an idea . Christy They do look like sleeping bags Great obesrvation let’s hope they work!Fabbie I’ve heard that too.TWM Too true.FuriousBall Thanks, I needed that.Claudia I know. May snow brings . dead plants? Let’s hope not.Ivanhoe Yes, a cold snap . Only time will tell on the veggies but thanks.Janet Rules of living: if you ever kill someone? Never tell a living soul. Oops, I guess I just .

  3. Thanks for your comments. I think this idea first germinated when I worked as a reporter in Latin America and the Caribbean, and met so many people working with such focus to improve their lives. Then, after I started working as a reporter in Houston, and many of my friends turned out to be immigrants, I kept finding traditions that I envied, wanted to write about — or wanted to copy for myself.

  4. Thank you all for participating in this book tour. A special thanks to Claudia for keeping track of the comments and for leaving a few of her own thoughts. Please make sure and visit the other blogs on this book tour to gain more insight on ‘The Immigrant Advantage.’

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