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NIU’s Common Reading Book 2017-2019:

cover of "Make Your Home Among StrantersMake Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

What is the book about?

Make Your Home Among Strangers follows Lizet, a first-generation Cuban American and daughter of Cuban immigrants, through her challenging journey as she navigates the all-encompassing process of becoming a first-generation college student.

What are the book’s themes?

Social Justice, Quality/Access to Education, Financial Aid, First-Generation Students, Immigration (Reform), Ethics (Plagiarism), Civic Engagement, Activism, Diversity, Inclusion, Coping Skills, Identity, Relationships, Socioeconomic Class, Race, Mentoring, Ethnicity, Change, Familial Obligation, and Leaving Home

Meet Author, Jennine Capó Crucet:

Jennine Capo Cruset

Although Make Your Home Among Strangers is a work of fiction, there are many similarities from Crucet’s book and her personal life. Crucet, born and raised in Hialeah, FL, was a first generation Cuban American and first-generation college student. She currently works as an Assistant Professor in English and Ethnic studies at University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Crucet’s first book, How to Leave Hialeah, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named Best Book of the Year by The Miami Herald and the Latinidad List. Crucet is an A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Bread Loaf Fellow. Make Your Home Among Strangers was selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a 2015 “Great Group Reads.”



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