Helen Thorpe
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Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe is the author of The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.

Her previous books are Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, and Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War.

The Newcomers has received great praise from other authors:

"In this time of great anxiety, this splendid, humane, beautifully crafted book is a reminder of America's proud, historic role as a beacon of hope to the world. And it is a terrific story."
--Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Helen Thorpe didn't miss a detail during the year she spent watching 22 young refugees how to speak English (difficult) and how to be American (even more difficult). No one with a pulse could feel to be moved by this beautifully reported book."
--Anne Fadiman

"I loved this book. It brims with teenage life, with a sense of America being reborn, of new Americans being made. Cultures converge in a high school classroom were teenagers - with all the energy, earnestness, and embarrassment we expect, but also with trauma - learn English with the help of a teacher who appreciates all the ways it's not easy. The Newcomers teaches us about parts of the world we can barely imagine, and it also takes us into their new American homes. Helen Thorpe, herself the child of immigrants, is a terrific writer and a steadfast character witness to these people so many of us fear."
--Ted Conover

"Few books could be more vital, in this particular moment or in any moment, than this book. Helen Thorpe writes expensively about one school, one classroom, one teacher, one groups of students - student who hail from the most severe places in the world and come together at South High. Confused, trouble, bright, magnificent: they converge, ostensibly to learn English, learning so much more than a language - learning about us and about themselves, all the bad and all the good. You need to meet these young people. Once you do, everything you read or hear or say will be illuminated and changed."
--Jeff Hobbs

"Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature."
--Malcolm Gladwell

Previously, Helen Thorpe has written magazine stories for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Author Photograph by Marea Evans.

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Best Sellers

    • The Newcomers

    • Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
    • By: Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Kate Handford
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 41

    The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of 22 immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great look into the lives of refugee students

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-28-17
    • Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
    • By: Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Kate Handford
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 45 ratings

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Just Like Us

    • The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America
    • By: Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Paula Christensen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Just Like Us tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered this country illegally from Mexico....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to listen but...

    • By Valice on 03-22-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Soldier Girls

    • The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
    • By: Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 228

    Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Healing and Insightful

    • By Constance on 11-23-14

    Regular price: $34.99

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