MALS Student Barbara Fischkin's Groundbreaking Book Now Available for Kindle
By Hope Ferguson, senior writer, Office of Communications and Government Relations
April 24, 2014
Barbara Fischkin’s “Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in a New America,” originally published by Scribner’s, has been reissued for the Kindle.
Fischkin is a current MALS student and award-winning former foreign correspondent, author, educator, prominent activist and, most recently, senior editor of “On the Issues Magazine.” The magazine was founded in 1982 by trailblazer Merle Hoffman, who over four decades has been among the country’s leading advocates for women, their health and their reproductive and political rights.
“Muddy Cup” started as a yearlong newspaper series by Fischkin, who is the daughter of Eastern European immigrants, for Newsday. It follows the Almonte family, who immigrated “in scores” to New York City from the Dominican Republic after the era of Rafael Trujillo, former president, who was assassinated in 1961.
The book earned a number of awards, including the Livingston Award for International Reporting, presented by New Yorker writer Ken Auletta and CBS correspondent Mike Wallace. It traces 50 years in the life of the family. The second edition, which is on Kindle, includes a forward by Mauricio J. Almonte, who was 11 years old when Fischkin started the series. He is now an award-winning scholar of Dominican and Caribbean history, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University.
Fischkin says that the book has been used in Latin American and Caribbean studies, journalism and English as a second language courses at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, George Mason University, Florida Atlantic University and many others. For more on the Kindle edition, go to www.amazon.com. For more on Fischkin, visit www.barbarafischkin.com.