This program includes a chapter read by the author. What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the US immigration system? When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby US border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida’s mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at 16, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival - but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frankie Corzo, Aaron Bobrow-Strain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/004190/bk_aren_004190_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sidi es una historia de exilio y frontera, de lucha por sobrevivir en un territorio hostil, indeciso y de fuerzas encontradas. Narra la aventura de un guerrero que, obligado al destierro, cabalga para buscarse la vida con una hueste que lo respeta y lo sigue. Su carácter y sus hechos de armas lo convertirán en una auténtica leyenda viva. No tenía patria ni rey, sólo un puñado de hombres fieles. No tenían hambre de gloria, sólo hambre. Así nace un mito. Así se cuenta una leyenda. «El arte del mando era tratar con la naturaleza humana, y él había dedicado su vida a aprenderlo. Colgó la espada del arzón, palmeó el cuello cálido del animal y echó un vistazo alrededor: sonidos metálicos, resollar de monturas, conversaciones en voz baja. Aquellos hombres olían a estiércol de caballo, cuero, aceite de armas, sudor y humo de leña. Rudos en las formas, extraordinariamente complejos en instintos e intuiciones, eran guerreros y nunca habían pretendido ser otra cosa. Resignados ante el azar, fatalistas sobre la vida y la muerte, obedecían de modo natural sin que la imaginación les jugara malas pasadas. Rostros curtidos de viento, frío y sol, arrugas en torno a los ojos incluso entre los más jóvenes, manos encallecidas de empuñar armas y pelear. Jinetes que se persignaban antes de entrar en combate y vendían su vida o muerte por ganarse el pan. Profesionales de la frontera, sabían luchar con crueldad y morir con sencillez. No eran malos hombres, concluyó. Ni tampoco ajenos a la compasión. Sólo gente dura en un mundo duro.» Como ya ocurriera con novelas anteriores como Hombres buenos o El club Dumas, en Sidi Arturo Pérez-Reverte sumerge al lector en la Historia, uno de los temas más celebrados de su universo literario. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION Sidi is a story of exile and border towns, of the struggles to survive in a hostile and wavering territory full of opposing forces. It narrates the adventures of a warrior who, forced into exile, rides as a means to survive; by his side is a troop that respects and follows him. His strong character and his military victories have made him an authentic living legend. He had neither a country nor a king, only a handful of loyal men. They were not hungry for glory; they were just hungry. This is how a myth is born. This is how a legend is told. ´´Being in command called for having to deal with human nature, and he had dedicated his life to learning how to do just that. He hung the sword from the saddle, patted the animal´s warm neck, and took a look around: sounds of metal, wheezing horse mounts, soft conversations. Those men smelled of horse manure, leather, gun oil, sweat, and woodfire smoke. They were rough in their ways and extraordinarily complex when it came to instincts and intuitions; they were warriors and had never pretended to be anything other than that. Accepting of what chance could bring, fatalists about life and death, their nature was to obey without letting imagination play any tricks on them. Their faces were hardened by wind, the cold, and the sun; there were wrinkles around their eyes even among the youngest; and their hands were calloused by weapons. They were riders who would say a prayer before entering combat as they sold their lives to earn a living. Professional guardians of a border, they knew how to fight with cruelty and die with simplicity. They were not bad men, he concluded, nor were they insensitive to compassion. They were only hard people living in a hard world.´´ As previously done in novels like Good Men or The Club Dumas, in Sidi Arturo Pérez-Reverte once again immerses his readers in History, one of the most notable themes of his literary universe.
Border Crossing: A Return Man Short Story: V. M. Zito
Only the cat knows what really happened....Will Donovan has big plans on his last free weekend before he joins the FBI. With romance on his mind, he tells his girlfriend, Emma, she can pick anywhere she wants to go. To his dismay, his mystery-loving girlfriend chooses the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast. Not quite the romantic backdrop he had envisioned, but for Emma, he would go anywhere. Especially if it meant securing their future together before he leaves. At the Inn, things are not what they seem. Late in the night, curious meowing wakens the guests. Perhaps Max, the resident cat, desires a midnight adventure? Fueled by the gruesome tale of Lizzie Borden and her parents’ mysterious deaths, they follow a trail of ever-distancing meowing to an ominous hole inside the basement wall. Together with their quirky fellow guests from the third floor, can Will and Emma solve the mystery of what really happened back in August of 1892 before time runs out for Will’s big plan to win Emma’s heart for keeps? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Swanepoel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/137536/bk_acx0_137536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Border Watch A Story of the Great Chief´s Last Stand: Joseph A. (Joseph Alexander) Altsheler
Humans End Story Board Screenplay: Everett C. Borders
This is an account of the murder of Texas college student Mark Kilroy and 12 others in April of 1989, as well as evidence that the victims had been used as human sacrifices by a satanic cult in Matamoros, Mexico. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dawn Harvey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099371/bk_acx0_099371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War Exile and Love Reclaimed: Leslie Maitland