When he arrived in America at 19 years old, Sudanese refugee Alephonsion Deng had never owned shoes or flipped a light switch. The suburban mom who greeted him at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, Judy Bernstein, had never left her SUV to ride the bus. Their memoir, DISTURBED IN THEIR NESTS, recounts the initial collision of their cultures, growing trust, and ultimate friendship in adjusting Alepho to his new country, and reveals two very different ideas about America and its promises. This is the story of Alepho’s first year in America.


The authors’ first book, THEY POURED FIRE ON US FROM THE SKY (Public Affairs/2005) tells the story of Alepho’s life in Sudan; it received numerous honors including being listed on The Washington Post’s Top 100 Books of 2005 and the National Conflict Resolution Center Peacemakers Award. It was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller, has gone back to press 25 times, and launched Alepho as a sought-after public speaker. This is their second work together.