The Immigrant Advantage shines a light on successful yet little-known traditions from outside cultures and how they can be applied to life in the U.S., and Kolker tries some of these customs herself in this well-crafted and engaging narrative.
Among the customs explored are the Mexican cuarentena—the 40 days of rest and recuperation after a mother gives birth. Other customs include Korean after-school tutoring centers and Vietnamese money clubs that help members to build up savings.
As a journalist, Kolker has reported from Mexico, El Salvador, the Caribbean and beyond. She’s a former Los Angeles Times bureau chief and a former member of The Houston Chronicle editorial board. She lives in Houston with her family.
The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3. BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd.