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The Book of Unknown Americans

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Tuesday, our guest is novelist Cristina Henríquez, whose new book centers around Latino immigrant families living in the US. Her work isn’t an argument for or against our immigration system, which Henríquez says everyone knows is broken. Instead, it’s the story of the ordinary lives that get lost in the news headlines of border patrols and political battles. Henríquez set out to give voice to people she says are often denied a chance to speak. It’s called The Book of Unknown Americans.

The Book of Unknown Americans [Indiebound|Amazon] is Cristina Henríquez's second novel. She's also the author of The World in Half [Indiebound|Amazon] and a collection of stories Come Together, Fall Apart.  [Indiebound|Amazon]. Henríquez has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic and other publications.

Visit Cristina Henríquez's The Unknown Americans Project, where she collects the stories of ordinary immigrant lives in the US.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.