Amor and Exile: True Stories of Love Across America’s Borders
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:30pm - 9:00pm

An evening with co-author Nathaniel Hoffman

Across the United States, American citizens are forced underground, exiled abroad and separated from their spouses for a surprising reason. Amor and Exile is the story of American citizens who fall in love with undocumented immigrants only to find themselves trapped in a legal labyrinth, stymied by their country’s de facto exclusion of their partners.


Journalist Nathaniel Hoffman visited both sides of the border to document the lives of these couples caught in the crossfire of America’s high stakes political fight over immigration. In his disarming and precise style, Hoffman also traces the historical relationship between immigration, love and marriage.


Amor and Exile tells of love that transcends borders—a story shared by hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizenscutting through the immigration debate rhetoric and providing a courageous perspective for one of the most vexing policy problems of our time.


If you’d like to read the book before the salon, you can purchase it at


Nathaniel Hoffman has written about immigration and politics for more than a decade as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Idaho and California. Hoffman filed stories for the Christian Science Monitor, High Country News, The Miami Herald, AlterNet and and produced audio reports for KQED public radio in San Francisco and KBSX in Boise.


Hoffman is the founding editor of The Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship at Boise State University. He lives in Boise with his wife and two daughters and a large front-yard garden.


Dinner and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. 

$60 per person

City Club members only (one guest per member).

Space is Limited

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Hosts: Bill & Nancy Russell