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"Elian," 2001 Pulitzer Prize, Spot News Photography, Alan Diaz, Associated Press, April 2000, Creative Commons License,

Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jennine Capo Crucet

Make Your Home Among Strangers, by Jennine Capo Crucet, is about a young Cuban-American woman who is the first in her family to go to college. Yet it is about more than that: it is about the ways we are pulled between past family traditions and new ways of being, between our comfortable status as one of many and our newfound discovery of being a minority, between the needs of our family and our ambition. Entertainment Weekly says about the book:

“Few [debut novels] are as furious, funny, or thorny as this one... Crucet captures the vernacular of Lizet's world at home and the unbearable alienation in her campus life with a realness that's hard to forget.”

Watch this space for information about events that we're hosting to support this book. Check out these websites for information on the author, as well as the topics of immigration, higher education among children of immigrants, and current executive orders regarding entry into Cuba and the United States. There is also a bibliography of books that you may find interesting.

Events, Spring Semester 2017:

  • April 12 - 13: Poetry Slam, in conjunction with VC Voices and the English Club; to take place during the Diversity in Culture celebration
  • More events TBA...




  • Cuban Americans. Sonneborn, Liz. 2002. E 184 .C97 S66 2002.
  • Havana USA: Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, 1959-1994. García, María Cristina. 1996. F 320 .C97 G37 1996.
  • Cuba confidential: love and vengeance in Miami and Havana. Bardach, Ann Louise. 2002. E 183.8 .C9 B35 2002.
  • Latino politics. García Bedolla, Lisa.2014. E 184.S75 G369 2014.
  • A contemporary Cuba reader: reinventing the Revolution. Ed. Phillip Brenner ... [et al.]. 2008. F 1788 .C67 2008.
  • The short and tragic life of Robert Peace: a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League. Hobbs, Jeff. 2014. E 185.97.P38 H63 2014.
  • My beloved world. Sotomayor, Sonia. 2013. KF8745.S67 A3 2013.
  • Choosing colleges: how social class and schools structure opportunity. McDonough, Patricia M., 1952. 1997. LB 2350.5 .M377 1997.


Image: "Elian," 2001 Pulitzer Prize, Spot News Photography, Alan Diaz, Associated Press, April 2000, Creative Commons License <>, retrieved from <>, Accessed 31 Jan, 2017.