The Wind Doesn't Need a Passport: Stories from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Hardcover)

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Award-winning journalist Tyche Hendricks has explored the U.S.-Mexico borderlands by car and by foot, on horseback, and in the back of a pickup truck. She has shared meals with border residents, listened to their stories, and visited their homes, churches, hospitals, farms, and jails. In this dazzling portrait of one of the least understood and most debated regions in the country, Hendricks introduces us to the ordinary Americans and Mexicans who live there—cowboys and Indians, factory workers and physicians, naturalists and nuns. A new picture of the borderlands emerges, and we find that this region is not the dividing line so often imagined by Americans, but is a common ground alive with the energy of cultural exchange and international commerce, burdened with too-rapid growth and binational conflict, and underlain with a deep sense of history.

About the Author

Tyche Hendricks covered immigration and demographics for many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an editor at KQED public radio and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

Praise For…

“Succeeds masterfully in making the daily life and communities on both sides of the border jump off the page in all their multi-dimensional glory.”

Through vivid storytelling, Hendricks illuminates not only the unique history of the borderlands, but its people, culture, and politics.”

“Tyche Hendricks traveled along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to document ordinary lives in an extraordinary environment.”

“A gift. . . . We've got to educate ourselves if we're ever going to have meaningful immigration reform. Hendricks' book is a good entry point.”

“Hendricks’s stories bring [the borderlands] to life.”

“Hendricks has diligently investigated and explored the borderlands, and the result is her fascinating and (for the willing) eye-opening monograph.”

“Anyone interested in border issues, from an academic or lay perspective, will appreciate this book.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520252509
ISBN-10: 0520252500
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2010
Pages: 264
Language: English