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What they’re checking out: Week of January 27


As an ongoing feature, staff members at the Des Moines Public Library will recommend a business-related book to add to your reading list. Find this and more books like it at any of the Des Moines Public Library’s six locations and online at dmpl.org. And find information on how to get a FREE library card and all its benefits at dmpl.org/get-carded.

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Des Moines Public Library business book pick: “Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success” by Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan.

Why you should read it: This authoritative 2022 book can help reshape our thinking about the topic of immigration and its role in the modern American workforce. The authors explain, through important new findings and research, how children of immigrants do better economically than children of American-born parents, are more upwardly mobile, and assimilate fastest. Closing the door to immigrants harms the future economic prospects of American businesses, the book argues. “Streets of Gold” digs into how some policies are misguided, with disastrous results.

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