Coyotes. A Journey Across Borders with America’s Mexican Migrants. From the book jacket: “We were nowhere—there was nothing around. We worried we had . Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants. Ted Conover, Author Vintage Books USA $ (p) ISBN Ted Conover is an American author and journalist. A graduate of Denver’s Manual High School Conover spent a year traveling with Mexicans in order to write Coyotes; he lived in a “feeder” valley in the Mexican state of Querétaro, spent time.

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Imagine arriving in Texas and asking which way to San Francisco!

I know a lot of immigrants and know it is not an easy subject. I work in corrections and deal with illegtal entry all day long, I thought it may be interesting to see how they got across, but this book is pre Sept 11 so the methods are somewhat harder now, not impossible obviously!!

The money is the main thing. Conover goes several extra miles with Coyotes, with stories that show the kind of struggle and misfortune undocumented workers face. He will often become an active participant with the subculture he is writing about.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. What incredible stories he has. I also found the discussion the author had with the white farmer who hired some of them interesting. I enjoyed reading this simply because most of my grandparents conovdr immigrants and it reminds me of their sacrifices and hard work that helped set me up for success.


Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America’s Illegal Aliens Summary & Study Guide

I am a writer. I grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This electrifying account is the harrowing vision of a way of life no outsider has ever seen before.

Work that is as essential for our agricultural economy as sun and water I conovsr forgot oil? Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Read more Read less. I enjoyed putting it into the hands of a friend who had a different take on the illegal immigrant situation but was at least open to reading about it.

Sep 04, Malissa rated it liked it Shelves: Conover did a great job pulling me even deeper into the story, and although the book is 30 years old, it still resonates today. By using this site, you agree to coonover Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America’s Illegal Aliens Summary & Study Guide

Views Read Edit View history. I think everyone should read this book and learn that Migrants from Mexico are just hard working people trying to earn a living and make money for their families. One person found this helpful. Also by Ted Conover.

On the other hand, I found the chapter set in the airport quite fascinating and entertaining! All his stories involve physical strength, discomfort, cooperation between men, endurance, acceptance of their lot, and in off-times, drink, food and women. Deep into the Orchard.

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May 03, YourLovelyMan rated it it was amazing. Other incidents are funnier, but you never lose sight of the precariousness of their lives and Conover communicates a deep respect for the courage, tenacity and cleverness required to be an illegal immigrant. For many months, prisoners were banned from reading Newjack ; now, inmates who receive a copy have to wait as much as several months while the state redacts several pages that it considers a threat to security.


This book is written by someone who walked many miles in these people’s moccasins. This was an interesting read, told through the eyes of a white American man living and traveling and working with Mexican men in both Mexico and the United States.

The fear of being stranded or arrested defeats any Jack Kerouac style romance of the road. To discover what becomes of Mexicans who desperately slip into the United States, Ted Conover walked across deserts, hid in orange orchards, and waded through the Rio Grande.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Showing of 57 reviews. Lists with This Book. Ted set out to do that, meeting up first with a young Mexican named Alonso.

He worked with them, picking oranges in Arizona, and drove with them to farm jobs and harvests in Idaho and Florida. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Apr 04, Nao rated it it was amazing.