Great literature reveals the world. It takes us to places we’ve never been and describes experiences we’ll likely never know. When we read, we’re reading stories about strangers. Strangers in strange lands. Yet, the best literature digs out the heart. The best literature shares something so integral to the human experience that it’s immediately recognizable. On a visceral level we understand the plight, the journey and the motivations of all these varied characters.
Because literature, at its core, creates empathy.
Our favorite books serve to remind us that no matter the context, humans everywhere are experiencing similar emotions, fighting through similar struggles, and cultivating similar dreams and ambitions. Reading is an opportunity to know that even in our diversity, we’re not all that different.
The books listed here, in one way or another, explore the lives of refugees and immigrants. These stories do not pretend to have all the answers for the complex problems associated with global migration. But what they do offer is a better understanding of our neighbors.