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Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story

Author: Wyclef Jean, Anthony Bozza

Language: English

Summary: Musician, producer, and actor, Wyclef Jean describes growing up in Haiti so poor, he actually ate dirt.  Coming to New Jersey at nine, Jean was bullied throughout school for his Haitian background. Music became his refuge: spirituals at church, where his harsh father was a preacher; jazz and band music in school; and, later, rap and hip-hop with his friends.  A founding member of The Fugees (whose 1996 album The Score sold over 15 million copies), Jean has remained politically and charitably involved in Haiti’s affairs. His memoir takes him through the turmoil of immigration, but also through the fairly common trials of a son trying to gain approval from his father.  (EBSCO Novelist)

Link: Read a review on The New York Times

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