"Journalist Kolker investigates the imported traditions and attitudes toward health, hard work, and education that give newcomers an edge over the native-born…Kolker’s explorations teach and entertain with their curiosity, can-do spirit, and vibrant bouquet of cultures and customs” (Publishers Weekly).
"[A] sparkling debut [and] a welcome reminder that America was built by immigrants in search of a better future for their children."
"Kolker’s explorations teach and entertain with their curiosity, can-do spirit, and vibrant bouquet of cultures and customs."
– Publishers Weekly
"What a fabulous, fun, eye-opening read: Colorful writing with a flair is not incompatible with deep insight and wisdom!-- Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance"
– and Why they Fall and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
"Live like an immigrant...How rare to find an intelligent, engrossing book that doubles as a dispensary! The Immigrant Advantage is chock-full of novel, useful prescriptions for a happy, healthy life."
– Daphne Miller, MD, author of The Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You
"Such a smart and thrilling ride. I had no idea I was surrounded by daily exotic adventures until I opened The Immigrant Advantage. Now that I've read it, I can't wait to live it."
– Christopher McDougall, author of The New York Times bestseller Born to Run
"A wonderful positive portrayal of immigrant customs and contributions much needed and much welcome at a time of so much confusion about the foreign-born who live among us."
– Kyriakos S. Markides, Ph.D., Annie & John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging Studies, University of Texas
"Named one of O Magazine’s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now "
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Claudia Kolker is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Mexico, El Salvador, the Caribbean, Japan and India. A former Los Angeles Times bureau chief and former member of The Houston Chronicle editorial board, she has also written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, O: The Oprah Magazine, Slate, and Salon. She lives in Houston with her family.