One of The San Diego Union Tribune’s “Top 10 book picks this season,” DISTURBED IN THEIR NESTS by Judy Bernstein and Alephonsion Deng is out today from Blackstone.
When he arrived in America at 19 years old, Sudanese refugee Alephonsion Deng had never owned shoes or flipped a light switch. Judy, the suburban mom who greeted him at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, had never left her SUV to ride the bus. This memoir, their second book together, 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.
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. It was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller and has gone back to press 25 times.