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Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens
by Ted Conover | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by wingErishkigalwing of Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Erishkigal): permanent collection


14 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingErishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

10 out of 10

An absolutely astounding book!! I lived on the AZ/Sonora border for years, encountering many who were crossing the desert, sometimes giving a ride, or shelter , even meeting a few coyotes in border town cafes, and I learned a tremendous amount from this book. I've seen the outside of a world; Conover took me inside it.

"Absorbing....Sharply focused and sympathetic...Conover combines a sociologist's eye for detail with a novelist's sense of drama and compassion."
---The New York Times

"Honest, funny, touching, and important....there is grace in this book, even more wisdom. What makes it really glow on every page is Conover's realization that he is dealing neither with a crime nor a tragedy, but with another of those human adventures that make America a country that is constantly renewing itself....remarkable."
---The New York Times Book Review

I think it highly likely that I'll bookring this.
 


Journal Entry 2 by wingErishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Monday, October 12, 2009

This book has not been rated.

And a bookring it is finally going to be,

mrsjones US
merrymari US
heartthumper US
cheli-garza US
nicolesinger US
bibliotreker US
nancynova US<
Annimanni FIN
Karen07814 UK
ETMadrid UK
penelopewanders SWI
Oedda GER
UnwrittenLibra ISR
tokorua AU
Icila FR
home to Erishkigal US<--home!



As far as "rules," for the most part, just please be considerate, try to read, cogitate, and pass the book along in a reasonable time. If 'life happens,' and you're going to have "Coyotes" over 6 weeks, please pm to let me know what's what. And those in the US, I would *really* appreciate it if you would add delivery confirmation (very cheap if you do it online). Having done that has saved my butt a couple of times recently. makes one wonder~~the postage costs keep increasing, and the service goes steadily downhill....

May you all enjoy, and learn something new with mind and heart!
 


Journal Entry 3 by wingErishkigalwing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Utah USA on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Released 4 yrs ago (10/27/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Utah USA

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sorry it took me so long to get this started. But it's all ready to go to the PO in the morning! 


Journal Entry 4 by mrsjones from Hamilton, Ohio USA on Friday, November 06, 2009

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This arrived in the mail two days agon but I forgot to journal it. I was so busy reading it. :) 


Journal Entry 5 by mrsjones from Hamilton, Ohio USA on Friday, November 20, 2009

9 out of 10

This was a very compelling book. The author did a great job of transporting me to the orange groves, potato fields, and down into Mexico to see what it's like for these Mexican immigrants. It made me want to run out and find illegal immigrants in my own community (and there are many here in Ohio) and give them food, or clothes, or something. I've been to Nicaragua and Haiti and have seen poverty and wages of $1 or $2 a day.

Ted Conover is a terrific writer. The book just flowed. I'd love to do immersive journalism like he did while researching this book, but I don't have the courage. I definitely want to read his book about riding the rails. Sounds fascinating.

Merrymari asked to be skipped. I'll contact heartthumper for an address. 


Journal Entry 6 by wingheartthumperwing from Hutchinson, Kansas USA on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This book has not been rated.

Arrived by post today. I'll move it to the top of Mt. TBR. It looks good. Thanks for including me. 


Journal Entry 7 by cheli-garza from Dallas, Texas USA on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

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This just arrived today. Perfect timing- I was just looking for something to read last night. Heartthumper, thanks for the great card and labels. I'm taking one and sending the others on to the next readers. :) You rock! 


Journal Entry 8 by cheli-garza from Dallas, Texas USA on Tuesday, December 22, 2009

9 out of 10

My husband was a Mexican national who wasn't able to cross the border freely. I always told him that I'd love to cross "de mojada" in order to have the experience. This was years ago. Although dangerous, it wasn't as bad as things are now.

This is a terrific book. I just loved how Ted was able to do the things I'd only imagined. Thanks for sharing. I've PMD nicolesinger for her address. 


Journal Entry 9 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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It's here! I'm looking forward to starting it. (Just two more stories in my current ringbook, so it shouldn't be long.)

Thanks for including me! 


Journal Entry 10 by nicolesinger from Newport, North Carolina USA on Monday, January 25, 2010

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I really enjoyed this, though I found the later chapters did not grab me as much as the first few. (That could have been down to my mood and things going on around me more than any differences between sections of the book.) Conover's an engaging writer and appears to be a keen observer, and I'm going to keep an eye out for his other books.

I'll be mailing this out tomorrow. Would've done it today, but I had to wait for one of my husband's clients to drop something off and didn't get out of the house in time to make it to the post office! (And I'm about to go out of town, so computer access may be limited, so I may not get a chance to make a controlled release note. Sorry.)

Thanks for including me! 


Journal Entry 11 by nicolesinger at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings , web, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Released 4 yrs ago (1/26/2010 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings , web, North Carolina USA

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I mailed this from the Havelock Post Office (on the way to Durham, NC). I sent it first class (because it had an envelope with labels in it) and at the originator's request I added Delivery Confirmation.

I hope it arrives speedily and safely!

DC# 0309 2880 0001 0200 8652

(I noticed as I was getting ready to mail this that there was a puncture on the corner of the front cover that I don't remember seeing when the book arrived. I think one of the cats may have bitten it. Anyhow, if it did happen here, I apologize wholeheartedly!) 


Journal Entry 12 by bibliotreker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, January 29, 2010

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Coyotes came in the mail yesterday. Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks
Nicolesinger. I'll make sure my dog knows this is not a chewtoy. Although she prefers soft furry thing. :) Thanks for the bookplates too. 


Journal Entry 13 by bibliotreker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, February 05, 2010

8 out of 10

What an interesting account of the illegal migrant workers who encounter so many obstacles when crossing the US Mexican border in order to make a living. Even though they are illegal it adds a human element and I couldn't help feel some empathy for them who take so many risks just to earn enough money to support their families back home. Meager means by US standards. I give the author credit who befriended and traveled and work among them. It's a subculture among us that fills a need however the law looks at it.

I have nancynova's address so I'll get it in the mail, across town by the weekend.

Update: Mailed 2/5/10
First class, Delivery confirmation No.0309 0330 0000 8202 6796
 


Journal Entry 14 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, February 08, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Got this today - added to the TBR rays portion of the bookshelf and updated my profile.

Read nicole's cat report - i really had to hunt for the cat teeth! Not as bad as the one that poobah's puppy took a chomp out of ;-)

I heard a lot about this one - looking forward to reading it. The rays keep raining in, but at least the genres are mixed, which makes for nicer steady reading! 


Journal Entry 15 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, March 06, 2010

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This is #5 on the TBR pile, so will be a few days yet. PM'g the next one in line, so I can have the mailer ready. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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It's almost to the top! Just a couple of quick read ahead of it, so will likely get to it next week. Sorry for holding it up. 


Journal Entry 17 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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This is now the primary commute read - the rays ahead of it have been read and shipped! I will have the mailer ready to go when I'm done. 


Journal Entry 18 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

9 out of 10

Wonderful, wonderful book. And yes, it was primarily read down in Coral Springs, Florida, at my house there - which is only about 2 hours away from Belle Glades, where the group wound up on their Florida expedition.

I've been to Arizona, California, Texas and Florida, so very easy to visualize what they were up against. I never thought of Mexicans being from different areas, but I guess it's just like the states here in America. There are definitely cultural differences in the different areas of the states.

We have a lot of illegals in Florida - many from the islands, but quite a few from Central America. I never thought about how exactly the Guatamalans and Salvadorians got to Florida in the first place - risky for them going through multiple countries as illegals.

The author did an excellent job of describing the travels and the conditions of the migrant camps, which is spot on. But if they're not supposed to be here in the first place, who is going to rock the boat and champion their cause? And in Florida, there's lots of jobs that the Americans won't take. I strongly suspect my lawn service, with the possible exception of the owner, is all illegals. Who else is going to mow a lawn in the middle of the day in 95 degrees with 99% humidity? Or be mowing when a lightning storm is moving in?

Taking the book to book club tonight as a potential future read, then off to Finland tomorrow morning! 


Journal Entry 19 by wingNancyNovawing at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 20 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Monday, March 29, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Received with thanks :) And moves straight to the top of my tbr pile (I have two other books to finish first though, but that shouldn't take more than a couple of days). 


Journal Entry 21 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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A very interesting glimpse into the life of the illegals, understanding but not biased in any way. As nicolesinger, I also enjoyed the first few chapters the most, although the one on their lives in Mexico was engaging and valuable too.

I'm a journalist too and would absolutely love the opportunity to do a project like this but I don't think it would ever be possible in Finland as very few Finnish media outlets (maybe just one or two, actually!) have enough resources for any kind of long-term undercover and/or immersion journalism. And you would definitely need to be an established name to get a book deal with expenses paid. Having a mortgage and a child, it's impossible just to jump into a project like this head first...

Many thanks for including me in the ring! The book's off to the next reader as soon as I get the address. 


Journal Entry 22 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa Finland on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Off to karen07814 now. Happy reading! 


Journal Entry 23 by wingkaren07814wing from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, April 17, 2010

8 out of 10

next on tbr, thank you

excellent book living the life. A hard life and covers also those left behind. 


Journal Entry 24 by wingkaren07814wing at -- Controlled release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Saturday, April 24, 2010

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over to you 


Journal Entry 25 by ETMadrid from London , Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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This just arrived in the post - thank you! I look forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 26 by ETMadrid at London , Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

9 out of 10

Blimey I'm not enjoying my first taste of the new-look website... It was not obvious how to submit a new entry.

Anyhows... back to the book: I thought it was excellent. So good that a book like this is still in print as it is certainly as relevant today as it was when it first came out. The first part in some ways reminded me of the film "Salt of the Earth" by Herbert Biberman which I saw just recently.

I'd definitely look out for other books by this writer. What is most impressive is that he wrote this after a number of different trips and work experiences, not just one. He has given up a good chunk of his life to researching into what it is like for these Mexican migrants and their families. 


Journal Entry 27 by ETMadrid at Southwark, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, June 07, 2010

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I posted this just now to Toulouse from where it will travel on to Mallorca and hopefully find penelopewanders on her holiday. 


Journal Entry 28 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, July 10, 2010

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This has arrived in Mallorca via France... I look forward to reading it. Thanks so much for sending! 


Journal Entry 29 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 23, 2010

8 out of 10


Interesting tale- (just lost my long review!!!)
reminds me of the story by Gunther Walraff (sp?)who lived with Turkish immigrants in Germany - but unlike Conover he dyed his hair and wore dark contact lenses.
I particularly appreciated the part where Conover went to Mexico and saw where his friends actually came from.
I've read this here in Mallorca and actually already have it packaged - but missed the post office open hours by twenty minutes. I'll try again tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 30 by wingpenelopewanderswing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, July 24, 2010

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No need for coyotes to travel from Mallorca to Germany... at least not for this book. Thanks for making it available - enjoy! 


Journal Entry 31 by wingOeddewing at Jena, Thüringen Germany on Monday, August 02, 2010

This book has not been rated.

I received this two days ago but couldn't journal it until now. I have taken it to Kassel with me and already read more than half of it. I'm sure I'll finish it on the train ride home and I'll let you know what I thought about it then. 


Journal Entry 32 by wingOeddewing at Jena, Thüringen Germany on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

10 out of 10

Like I said, I finished it on the train. A fascinating, well-written, must-read book. Definitely.
Still as relevant as when it was first published. And relevant not only for Americans but for everybody, for migration happens everywhere. 


Journal Entry 33 by wingOeddewing at Jena, Thüringen Germany on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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I have the next reader's address now, so it's off to America once more! 


Journal Entry 34 by UnwrittenLibra at Baltimore, Maryland USA on Friday, October 08, 2010

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Received here in Baltimore, MD today. Thanks! 


Journal Entry 35 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, December 10, 2010

This book has not been rated.

Received 2 days ago. Thanks ! 


Journal Entry 36 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about this migration and I like the way Ted Conover choosed to live the true journeys with the mexicans.
I sure w'll try and read his other books.

Thanks Erishkigal for sharing. I send it back to you as soon as I get your address.

 


Journal Entry 37 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Released 3 yrs ago (2/21/2011 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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Back to Salt Lake City, in care of "La Poste". 


Journal Entry 38 by wingErishkigalwing at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, March 06, 2011

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And it's home, after quite a journey. Thank you all for sharing this book with me! 




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