By Michael Endelman
February 22, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Enrique's Journey

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It’s nicknamed ”El Tren de la Muerte” — the train of death. Used illegally by thousands of immigrants every year, the freight trains that run up and down Mexico are both an escape route and a dangerous gamble for Central Americans attempting to reach the United States. In this stunning book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario retraces the journey of one Honduran boy as he surfs the boxcars in an attempt to reunite with his mother, who left for California when he was just 5 years old. As an adventure narrative alone, Enrique’s Journey is a worthy read. But Nazario’s impressive piece of reporting also excels at something else: turning the current immigration controversy from a political story into a personal one.

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