July 1, 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0156027372
ISBN - 13: 9780156027373
About the Book
Over the past decade, Pipher has been a great source of wisdom, helping readers to better understand their family members. Now she connects readers with the newest members of the American family--refugees.
Read from the Book
MIDDLE OF EVERYWHEREThe World's Refugees Come to Our TownMary PipherCHAPTER 1CULTURAL COLLISIONS on the GREAT PLAINSI AM FROMI am from Avis and Frank, Agnes and Fred, Glessie May and Mark.From the Ozark Mountains and the high plains of Eastern Colorado,From mountain snowmelt and lazy southern creeks filled with water moccasins.I am from oatmeal eaters, gizzard eaters, haggis and raccoon eaters.I'm from craziness, darkness, sensuality, and humor.From intense do-gooders struggling through ranch winters in the 1920s.I'm from "If you can't say anything nice about someone don't say anything" and "Pretty is as pretty does" and "Shit-mucklety brown" and "Damn it all to hell."I'm from no-dancing-or-drinking Methodists, but cards were okay except on Sunday, and from tent-meeting Holy Rollers,From farmers, soldiers, bootleggers, and teachers.I'm from Schwinn girl's bike, 1950 Mercury two-door, and West Side Story.I'm from coyotes, baby field mice, chlorinous swimming pools,Milky Way and harvest moon over Nebraska cornfields.I'm from muddy Platte and Republican,from cottonwood and mulberry, tumbleweed and switchgrassfrom Willa Cather, Walt Whitman, and Janis Joplin,My own sweet dance unfolding against a cast of women in aprons and barefoot men in overalls.As a girl in Beaver City, I played the globe game. Sitting outside in the thick yellow weeds, or at the kitchen table while my father made bean soup, I would shut my eyes, put my finger on the globe, and spin it. Then I would open my e
Table of Contents
Prelude: Ellis Island xxi
Part One: Hidden in Plain Sight
Chapter 1: Cultural Collisions on the Great Plains 3
Chapter 2: The Beautiful Laughing Sisters-An Arrival Story 24
Chapter 3: Into the Heart of the Heartland 64
Chapter 4: All that Glitters... 83
part two: Refugees across the Life Cycle
Chapter 5: Children of Hope, Children of Tears 113
Chapter 6: Teenagers-Mohammed Meets Madonna 161
Chapter 7: Young Adults-"Is There a Marriage Broker in Lincoln?" 196
Chapter 8: Family-"A Bundle of Sticks Cannot Be Broken" 216
part three: The Alchemy of Healing-Turning Pain into Meaning
Chapter 9: African Stories 247
Chapter 10: Healing in all Times and Places 275
Chapter 11: Home-A Global Positioning System for Identity 305
Chapter 12: Building a Village of Kindness 325
Coda: We're All Here Now 351
1. Working with People for Whom English Is a New Language 355
2. Becoming a Cultural Broker 358
3. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 359
From the Publisher
Over the past decade, Mary Pipher has helped us understand our family members. Reviving Ophelia did for our teenage daughters what Another Country did for our aging parents. Now, Pipher connects us with our greater family--the human family.
In cities and towns all over the country, refugees arrive daily. Lost Boys from Sudan, survivors from Kosovo, families fleeing Afghanistan and Vietnam: they come with nothing but the desire to experience the American dream. Their endurance in the face of tragedy and their ability to hold on to the essential virtues of family, love, and joy are a tonic for Americans who are now facing crises at home. Their stories will make you laugh and weep--and give you a deeper understanding of the wider world in which we live.
The Middle of Everywhere moves beyond the headlines, into the hearts and homes of refugees from around the world. Her stories bring to us the complexity of cultures we must come to understand in these times.
Harcourt is donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Pipher Refugee Relief Fund of the Lincoln Action Project.
About the Author
is the author of three bestselling books, including Reviving Ophelia
, which was on the New York Times
bestseller list for more than two years. She received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association, and is considered one of the great wise women of modern psychology. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mary Pipher, Ph.D., is the author of three bestselling books, including Reviving Ophelia, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 2 years. She speaks all over the country all year and has received a presidential citation from the American Psychological Association. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
PRAISE FOR REVIVING OPHELIA
"An important book . . . Pipher shines high-beam headlights on the world of
teenage girls."--Los Angeles Times
"Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia has the combination just right. [She] offers commonsensical, unthreatening solutions. Readers find Ophelia both heartbreaking and exhilarating."--Time
PRAISE FOR THE SHELTER OF EACH OTHER
"Mary Pipher is that rarity in these days of culture wars: She can talk about values without self-righteousness. She reclaims some common sense in the dialogue about family."--The Seattle Times
"A canny mix of optimism and practicality gives Pipher's fans a way to resist the
worst of the culture around them and substitute the best of themselves."--Newsweek
PRAISE FOR ANOTHER COUNTRY
"[The] combination of cultural and psychological factors is this excellent book's greatest strength. . . . She is especially acute at spotting pressure points where culture, both past and present, collides cruelly with individual emotional needs."--The Washington Post
"Packs an emotional wallop . . . [Pipher] writes about the very topics, the very
fears, that many readers have dodged their whole lives."--Houston Chronicle