Archive for April, 2010

Book Recommendation: Outcasts United

Book Cover

If you liked Three Cups of Tea, you will love this new book.  A friend in Colorado sent it to me after reading about the remarkable soccer game my ESL class (made up of refugees and immigrants) played a few weeks ago.  Thanks, Erika for the introduction to this great story!

Summary from the Outcasts United Website:

Outcasts United is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.

In the 1990s, that town, Clarkston, Georgia, became a resettlement center for refugees from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to help keep Clarkston’s boys off the streets. These boys named themselves the Fugees — short for refugees.

Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees, their families and their charismatic coach as they struggle to build new lives in a fading town overwhelmed by change. Theirs is a story about resilience, the power of one person to make a difference and the daunting challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have little in common.

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