Please join us on Monday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. as Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey–selected as this year’s Common Read by Newman University–speaks about her book. Ms. Nazario’s presentation will take place in the Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the campus of Newman University.jumps combos

From the back cover of the book:

In this astonishing story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to find his mother in the United States. Eleven years after his mother is forced to leave her starving family to find work, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, and with little more in his pocket than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. But Enrique pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, and hope–and the kindness of strangers.

Based on the Los Angeles Times¬†newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique’s Journey¬†puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. It is also a timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.