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The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border

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A searing tale of the human lives behind the immigration crisis, written by two remarkable mothersa Central American woman whose children were taken from her and the American who helped reunite the family

When Rosayra Pablo Cruz made the wrenching decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, five-year-old Fernando and fifteen-year-old Yordy, she
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Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by HarperOne
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mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy via Net Galley) ADD TO YOUR TBR! I normally dont read ARCs this far in advance, but felt that this June 2020 release deserved my immediate attention. I read it in its entirety over the past 24 hours and it was well worth my time in bumping it up my TBR.

Keep your eye out for it in June ~ especially those of you Ive heard lately begging for a large publisher to hype an #ownvoices story about immigration to the US - so proud of Harper One for snagging this deal!

Remember that
Elizabeth Moffett
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im skeptical when people say something is a quick read, but this really is very hard to put down. What an incredibly heartbreaking look into the lives of families and their separation at the border. My heart broke multiple times throughout. I did enjoy reading about the helpers in this book, how humble they are, and how big of an impact they have in the lives of these people searching for a better life. ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all thank you to Harper Collins publishing and Netgalley for this ARC of The Book of Rosy. When I read the description of this one I knew it was one I had to read! Rosayra Pablo Cruz is a mother who had to face the ultimate decision to flee her homeland of Guatemala because of fear for herself and her children. She'd already been shot twice by gangs and her sons were being threatened. This was a daily occurrence in her life. After making the brutal decision to flee, the book describes ...more
Rachel Stansel
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The powerful memoir of Rosy, a Guatemalan mother of 4 who tells the story of her life in Guatemala with her four children and the events leading to her bringing her two boys to the US, where we is separated by them due to the Trump zero-tolerance program. Separated for 81 days in deplorable conditions, we learn what brought her to risk a crossing, what her life was like in her home country and then the work of the group IFT (Immigrant Families Together). IFT, founded by Julie, a former social ...more
Erin Cataldi
A firsthand account of just how inhumane and despicable conditions are at the US/ Mexican border. Rosayra Pablo Cruz tells her harrowing story of the conditions that led her to flee Guatemala with two of her children and the consequences of her trying to file asylum in the United States. Having crossed the border once a few years prior Rosayra wasn't prepared for what awaited her this time, renewed anti-immigrant rhetoric flamed cruel policies that led to her being locked in a cold cell and ...more
Nikki Arias
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ive said it before and I will say it again. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It is a good look at what immigration really looks like and how current policy dehumanizes people immigrating to the US. This is the story that should be uplifted and marketed to every outlet. The writing is great, the story is powerful, and it truly evokes emotion out of you. I loved this book. It will be hard to find something that tops this read
Veronica (OnWednesdaysWeRead_)
Thank you Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for the eARC of The Book of Rosy. Opinions are completely my own.

What an emotional and HONEST account of the life of an Immigrant. From the detention center to life within the States. This story is more than just a book; its the everyday life of an Immigrant. Immigrants come to El Norte for a chance at the American Dream and to be able to raise their children without the fear of violence. They arent here to steal jobs from Americans; they arent here to
Bethany Vaughn
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rosayra Pablo Cruz is a mother of 4 who makes the difficult decision to take two of her children and seek asylum in the United States, due to horrible circumstances in her home country of Guatemala. In this memoir, Rosy shares the circumstances that led her to flee her country, the dangerous journey through Mexico to the US border, and the apprehension and subsequent separation of her and her sons. Thankfully, a group called Immigrant Families Together (IFT) helped Rosy (and many other mothers ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such an important and topical book to be published at this time. I hope it is widely read so that all of us can have a better understanding of what is happening at our borders currently.

If you read this book you will be filled with empathy and then anger as you see how immigrants crossing our borders are treated, especially the mothers and children being separated from one another.

Rosayra's story is one of grit and determination as she crosses the border not once, but twice to find a better life
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received this title as a digital ARC from NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

This book told in two voices provides the perspective of a woman fleeing Guatamala on the migrant highway, not once but twice, to save her life and those of her children. Rosayra makes the difficult decision twice to leave her home with some, but not all of her children. In turn, the voice of Immigrant Families Together (IFT) fills the second third of the book, portraying the initial efforts to save one
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Rosy is a gut wrenching, powerful, beautifully written true story, told in alternating first person accounts from a Guatemalan woman detained and separated from her children at the U.S border, and the American woman who helped her successfully obtain legal asylum in the U.S. Pablo Cruz's story of her experiences growing up in poverty and violence in Guatemala are harrowing to read, but also may be eye opening for many American, who might be ignorant of the history that led many ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received a free ARC of The Book of Rosy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border reveals the heart-wrenching true story of a Guatemalan migrant mother and two of her children as they seek freedom in the United States. It's been months since the cable news channels have focused on the cruelties and deprivations of the makeshift border camps where children are forcibly removed from their parents. The news cycle may have
Paulette Cervenka
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why do they leave a life, a culture, and their families? Its not a decision anyone takes lightly, and this book is a good look into some of the reasons. Rosy first lost her husband, then had attempts on her own life, then had her boys threatened in Guatemala. Seeking asylum in the United States isnt illegal, but you wouldnt know it the way people are treated when they try to come here.

This book is a good window into the courage, and the trials of leaving your home to seek refuge in the United
Key B.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yall I feel so grateful that I was approved to read and review this book via @netgalley (Reviewer friends go request this book!!)This book is not out until June 2020 BUT please pre-order and request this book at your local library! Yay @harperonebooks for picking up this heart wrenching story. Rosayra tells her story about immigrating from her home country, Guatemala first with just one son and then again with both her sons, both times having to leave her daughters behind. Rosa is a single ...more
Betsy Lasch
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the Cookbook Book Club and Harper One our group recieved advanced galleys of this book. Anyone interested in firsthand accounts of the migrant situation needs to read this book. It details the life of Rosy, a mother from Guatemala who travels to the Mexican border with her two sons. The story also highlights the work of Julie Collazo and her group, Immigrant Families Together. The hardships and struggles that immigrants like Rosy experience are contrasted with the empathy and support ...more
Diane Secchiaroli
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a refugee from Guatemala and her family. It is narrated by Rosy, the immigrant, and Julie, the woman behind Immigrants Family Together (IFT). IFT is an organization which reunites families separated by Trumps policies.. Rosys journey from her home to New York City where her sons have been relocated is harrowing and powerful. Julies transformation from stay at home mom to activist is also revealed. This was a very informative and interesting story which everyone should read. ...more
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