Silicon Valley Reads

Silicon Valley Reads 2015 - Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. Our goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives. We are proud to recommend a trio of outstanding books for our program in 2015 that bring different perspectives to the theme "Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience."


Bookcover: We Need New NamesWe Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo

Channeling the rhythm and vibrancy of the storytellers who raised her in Zimbabwe, Bulawayo tells a potent story of displacement and arrival, at once disarmingly playful and devastatingly candid, with a power all its own.​


Bookcover: The Book of Unknown AmericansThe Book of Unknown Americans
by Christina Henríquez

Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Central and Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.


Bookcover: Stealing Buddha's DinnerStealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
by Bich Minh Nguyen

As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food.


Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library District and the San Jose Public Library Foundation