The Middle of Everywhere

The World's Refugees Come to Our Town

By Mary Pipher
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151006007, 416pp.)

Publication Date: April 2002

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Description

Over the past decade, Mary Pipher has helped us understand our family members. Reviving Ophelia did for our teenage daughters what Another Country did for our aging parents. Now, Pipher connects us with our greater family--the human family.
In cities and towns all over the country, refugees arrive daily. Lost Boys from Sudan, survivors from Kosovo, families fleeing Afghanistan and Vietnam: they come with nothing but the desire to experience the American dream. Their endurance in the face of tragedy and their ability to hold on to the essential virtues of family, love, and joy are a tonic for Americans who are now facing crises at home. Their stories will make you laugh and weep--and give you a deeper understanding of the wider world in which we live.
The Middle of Everywhere moves beyond the headlines, into the hearts and homes of refugees from around the world. Her stories bring to us the complexity of cultures we must come to understand in these times.

Harcourt is donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Pipher Refugee Relief Fund of the Lincoln Action Project.




About the Author

Mary Pipher is the author of three bestselling books, including Reviving Ophelia, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years. She received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association, and is considered one of the great wise women of modern psychology. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.




Praise For The Middle of Everywhere

PRAISE FOR REVIVING OPHELIA
"An important book . . . Pipher shines high-beam headlights on the world of
teenage girls."--Los Angeles Times
"Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia has the combination just right. [She] offers commonsensical, unthreatening solutions. Readers find Ophelia both heartbreaking and exhilarating."--Time
PRAISE FOR THE SHELTER OF EACH OTHER
"Mary Pipher is that rarity in these days of culture wars: She can talk about values without self-righteousness. She reclaims some common sense in the dialogue about family."--The Seattle Times
"A canny mix of optimism and practicality gives Pipher's fans a way to resist the
worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves."--Newsweek
PRAISE FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY
"[The] combination of cultural and psychological factors is this excellent book's greatest strength. . . . She is especially acute at spotting pressure points where culture, both past and present, collides cruelly with individual emotional needs."--The Washington Post
"Packs an emotional wallop . . . [Pipher] writes about the very topics, the very
fears, that many readers have dodged their whole lives."--Houston Chronicle

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