The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez by Aaron Bobrow-Strain audiobook

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story

By Aaron Bobrow-Strain
Read by Frankie Corzo  and Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Macmillan Audio
13.25 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781250221551

**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019** This program includes a chapter read by the author. What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival—but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Shortlisted for the 2020 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of Pacific NW Book Assoc Book Award, 2019

**One of AudioFile Magazine's Best Audiobooks of 2019**

This program includes a chapter read by the author.

What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?

When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America.

Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival—but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest.

Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A rich, novelistic tale…an illuminating work of literature, not an ideological tract.” New York Times Book Review
“Aida’s story―of border flight, immigration court, for-profit detention, and family separation―is required reading in the age of Trump.” Mother Jones
“In this caring and unforgettable borderland saga, Bobrow-Strain reveals the profound personal toll of the immigration crisis.” Booklist (starred review)
“Listeners will be gripped by Frankie Corzo’s narration of this biography of Aida Hernandez, who came to the United States in 1987 at the age of eight. Corzo captures the raw emotions that percolate throughout the audiobook and excels in moments of drama, such as when Aida is deported to Mexico…Corzo’s presentation is straightforward yet nuanced in ways that focus on crucial moments, making this an audiobook that enriches the current political discourse with rarely heard personal stories. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Author Bio: Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Aaron Bobrow-Strain is Associate Professor of Politics in Whitman College. His writing on food, immigration, and the U.S.-Mexico border has appeared in The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Salon, Gastronomica, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf and Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 13.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English