A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

"No matter your politics or home country this will change how you think about the movement of people between poor and rich countries...one of the best books on immigration written in a generation." --Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted The definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino family, by a veteran New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.When Jason DeParl...

Details A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

TitleA Good Provider Is One Who Leaves
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Cultural, Asia, Biography

Reviews A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

  • Eric
    Mostly I want to know why, as of this writing, this book only has three ratings. Yes, the book only officially came out last week, but we’ve all seen books with dozens if not hundreds of ratings before the official pub date. “A Good Provider” is as entertaining as it is incisive, and by all rights it should become an important contribution to the debate about immigration. If it somehow doesn’t make the splash it richly deserves, I’m goi...
  • Mary Berger-Hughes
    Migration is conundrum of this century. We need to understand the economics fueling it along with the need for people to live is a save environment, for people wanting to go where they can make a better life for themselves. This book follows a family from the ghetto of Manila as they carve out a better life for themselves and for their family - immediate and extended. It is a book for gains and losses, but all real. I am glad I read it, I now und...
  • Ronnie
    I first heard about this book in a review in the Boston Globe. I asked the Leominster Public Library to get it. They did. Hélène read it first. I've just finished it.This a book that I highly recommend. It is frightening ...jolting...mesmerizing...thought provoking....any other descriptive terms you may wish to use. We are all immigrants ...some more than others. The tales he writes of is not fiction. It's eye-balling truthful...there are times...
  • Jess
    I hope more people read this book. Fascinating perspective on immigration; journalistic but also full of feeling. My favorite quote, "It's common for social theorists to celebrate 'agency,' the ability of poor people to shape their fate. Does anyone exercise more agency than a migrant who refuses to accept as fate the random geography of their birth?" Sling that one at your racist uncle across the dining table this Thanksgiving. Damn.
  • Jan
    An excellent, engaging look at immigration/migration focusing on one extended Filipino family. The family's story is moving and inspiring and DeParle's commentary and knowledge of the policy and history of migration is informative and clear.
  • J
    A phenomenal book--well-researched, intelligent, and highly readable. Importantly, it presents the very human face of migration by sharing the personal story of three generations of one family from the Philippines. DeParle did an excellent job of eliciting compassion and understanding for many different people and viewpoints on immigration.
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  • Kevin Williamson
    A thought provoking review of an extended Filipino family and their migration job journeys. A good read for anyone who thinks they know all the answers about the immigration issues.
  • Ann Olszewski
    Outstanding look at the migration in one extended Filipino family over the course of several generations. Mr. DeParle was embedded with the family while studying poverty in the Philippines, and became like an adopted brother over the decades. This gives him a unique vantage point, of being able to portray the fortunes of the family, and seeing how their lives spooled out from adolescence to middle age.For anyone doubting the work ethic of migrant...
  • Meredith
    At the end of A Good Provider is One Who Leaves, Jason DeParle writes of the many years he spent following the lives of a poor Filipino immigrant family: “At times my presence might have shaped events I was looking to record, but I don’t think it altered them greatly.” This is a puzzling statement, given how DeParle played a key role in sending his main subject, Rosalie Portagana, to the United States; Portagana is a nurse he coached for ...
  • Susan
    Fascinating story by Jason DeParle of a 30 year struggle beginning in the Manila slums of a couple with three children. Tita and Rosalie both worked abroad in various countries, without their husbands or children, before immigrating to the US. It is a compassionate tale of why and how families are separated in a quest for the American Dream. Securing an education to fulfill the livelihood to support their families and so much more. Determination,...
  • Grandma Jake
    This book gives a picture of the thousands of people who, in order to support their families, leave home to work in another country where the pay may be 10 times more than in their home country. The author describes the toll it takes on these families who are torn apart in order to survive. It also follows a Filipino family who still looks at America as "the promised land". Anyone interested in the US "immigration problem" should read this book.
  • Jen
    Super interesting book about migrants, immigration, and the families in the native country. The research about the global impact of the country employee and the country receiving remittances changed my mind about how to deal with impoverished nations. Plus, the data about how highly skilled employees migrating positively affecting multiple countries, strategies nations use to keep “others” out, and one family’s story was so interesting!
  • Joanne
    The title makes sense after reading the book. What people will give up and surrender for family success. Certainly makes foolish all Mr. Trump states about immigrants. Glad I read it, saw immigrants from their perspective and got a better understanding of their lives.
  • Rona Roberts
    Such worthy work and careful writing. Useful, valuable, readable.
  • Gina
    A quick read and interesting book. It looks at some of the circuitous paths people take to immigrate to the U.S. as well as discrimination and mistreatment of immigrants around the world.
  • Devorah
  • Jose A
    This book floored me. In today's discourse immigration is often discussed as a one off event. Or a few weeks or months of hardship, to then reached the proverbial promised land of the USA. By following one woman, and her extended family, DeParle paints an vibrant picture of a whole family (a whole country actually) that has worked for decades to better their family. Very rarely will you read such a humanizing and educational book.
  • Cheryl
    A great view of immigration to the United States by following a Philippino family. Lots of facts about how immigration has ebbed and flowed during our history.