Thursday, January 30, 2014

ARC review: Life Interrupted by Denise Brennan

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Life Interrupted introduces us to survivors of human trafficking who are struggling to get by and make homes for themselves in the United States. Having spent nearly a decade following the lives of formerly trafficked men and women, Denise Brennan recounts in close detail their flight from their abusers and their courageous efforts to rebuild their lives. At once scholarly and accessible, her book links these firsthand accounts to global economic inequities and under-regulated and unprotected workplaces that routinely exploit migrant laborers in the United States. Brennan contends that today's punitive immigration policies undermine efforts to fight trafficking. While many believe trafficking happens only in the sex trade, Brennan shows that across low-wage labor sectors—in fields, in factories, and on construction sites—widespread exploitation can lead to and conceal forced labor. Life Interrupted is a riveting account of life in and after trafficking and a forceful call for meaningful immigration and labor reform.
*Many thanks to Net Galley and Duke University publishing for an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publication date for this book is March 14, 2014
This insomniac's opinion:
This book is most assuredly well researched and the topic is very important in this country right now. However, the book is written like a textbook-all facts and I felt like I was just slogging through it. I would have liked to have heard more of the survivor stories. In order to stay with a reader, more than facts are needed and I simply won't remember this book weeks from now.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Again- very important topic. However, staying up all night with this book would be a challenge.
2 stars

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