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Lauren Markham

Writer, journalist, and educator Lauren Markham joins us on this week's podcast to discuss the YA adaptation of The Far Away Brothers: Two Teenage Immigrants Making a Life in America. "One of the most searing books on illegal immigration since Sonia Nazario's Enrique's Journey" (starred review), it's the unforgettable story of Ernesto and Raúl Flores, identical twins growing up in rural El Salvador until the threat of gang violence forces them to flee to the United States. She and Megan talk ethical storytelling, what it means to be an unaccompanied minor, and why she chose to adapt the book for young readers. Then our editors join with their reading recommendations for the week, including books by Thanhha Lai, Ibram X. Kendi, and Carolyn Forché.

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