Refugee Hotel by Juliet Linderman
(Voice of Witness)

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The Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. A lavishly designed book, its stunning images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created. Among the narrators:

PSAW WAH BAW, who was forced to flee her village in Burma amidst armed conflict. She describes how her family left their village with just five cups of rice, beginning an arduous journey toward resettlement that would take them through Bangkok, Tokyo, Illinois, and Texas.

PASTOR NOEL, who fled the civil war in Burundi in 1972 for a refugee camp in Congo. When war erupted in Congo in 1996, Noel was once again forced from his home. He now lives in Mobile, Alabama, and is a central figure in the African refugee community.

FELIX, a South Sudanese man who joined the rebel army as a teenager but eventually fled to a refugee camp in Kenya. Felix now lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he works with Habitat for Humanity to assist African refugees in purchasing their own homes.

About Juliet Linderman

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Gabriele Stabile is an Italian photographer based in New York City. His photography has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Juliet Linderman is a reporter living in Brooklyn. Formerly the editor of a small community newspaper, she has written for many publications including the New York Times and the Village Voice.
Published December 11, 2012 by McSweeney's. 296 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Photographer Stabile and journalist Linderman present the images and words of refugees to the U.S. in this compact, beautiful volume.

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The Boston Globe

Stabile and Linderman did a valiant reporting job tracking down men and women from the airport hotel photos, sometimes years later, to interview, and each of the more than 20 oral histories begins with a name and a meandering list of places along the path that refugee took from, say, Baghdad to C...

Jan 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Refugee Hotel (Voice of Witness)

SF Weekly

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast.

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