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Idaho Human Rights Book Club explores illegal immigration effect on families

“Enrique’s Journey,” by Sonia Nazario is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning series that ran in the Los Angeles Times. The book explores questions of immigration reform through the story of Enrique. He’s a Honduran boy who comes to the U.S. in search of his mother who came to America earlier to look for work. Enrique, in the country illegally, endures dangers and hostilities in his quest, including the menace of both thugs and corrupt cops. Writer Isabel Allende said, “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.”

The book was one of the most frequently selected books for freshman common reads in the 2015-16 academic year, according to Inside Higher Education. Some now call this page-turner a classic.

The club, free and open to all, will meet to discuss the book at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Dr. in Boise. Club books are available for purchase at Rediscovered Books in Downtown Boise with a share of the proceeds going to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise.

The Human Rights Book Club has an impressive pedigree. Community leaders Marilyn Schuler and Lisa Uhlmann founded the club with the support of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Rediscovered Books.