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NonFictionBookclub “The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantu & U Dog too

September 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

All doglovers & dogs are invited to join my coed bookclub on Tuesday, September, 6, to discuss award winning (NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR & THE WASHINGTON POST; WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST; FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD), insightful, raw, searing, gripping, timely, beautifully written, exquisitely nuanced, thought provoking memoir,”The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” by Francisco Cantu.

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

We’ll enjoy a stimulating & fun discussion with wonderful booklover company,while enjoying a virtual happy.I can’t wait til I see you if I have the privilege on September 6 &/or prior bookclubs .


“[The Line Becomes a River] lays bare, in damning light, the casual brutality of the system, how unjust laws and private prisons and a militarized border have shattered families and mocked America’s myths about itself.” New York Times Book Review

“[Cantú] proves to be an astounding writer with this memoir for the moment.” Entertainment Weekly

“When the political rhetoric around the complex, ruggedly beautiful and scarred U.S.-Mexico borderlands is reduced to talk of a 30-foot concrete wall, it’s time to take a more nuanced look at our southern border… The Line Becomes a River veers away from propaganda and stereotypes and into the wild deserts and mountains, and, especially, the hearts and minds of the people who traverse the increasingly militarized borderlands.” The Wall Street Journal

A must-read for anyone who thinks ‘build a wall’ is the answer to anything.” Esquire

“[Cantú’s] beautifully written account of a life between nations cuts through the politics surrounding “the wall” to probe what’s really at stake.” O, the Oprah Magazine

“A book that whips across your face like a sandstorm, embedding bits of the desert into your skin that, like it or not, you’ll carry forward.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Exquisitely nuanced…explains the conflicted journey of a border crosser with an impressive level of compassion, self-reflection, and conviction.” NBC News

“If you read one book on immigration this year, choose The Line Becomes a River.” Denver Post

“The wall that separates us is high and wide, but as Cantú’s memoir shows us, there is still a way around it.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“The best book on immigration you will read this year…honest, gripping and wonderfully written.” Mother Jones

“A beautifully-crafted question; the answer has yet to be written.” NPR

“Sharply political and deeply personal.” New York Magazine

“[Cantú’s] compelling, tragic account may help to break down the wall for others, too.” The Economist

“Spare, graceful, and full of the details that propel a good story… [Cantú’s]life on the line has made him the kind of expert we need to hear from.” Boston Globe


September 6, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


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