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Spare Parts (First Year Read, 2018)

The First Year Reading Program selection for 2018.

Spare Parts Research Guide

Spare Parts book cover (Macmillan)Welcome!

Welcome to the research guide for the First Year Reading Program's 2018 pick, Spare Parts. The information you'll find here will help you better understand the story of Spare Parts and the lives of Oscar, Lorenzo, Cristian, and Luis.

The staff of the Samuel C. Williams Library looks forward to meeting you when you arrive at Stevens in August!


To help in the understanding of both the life of the students at the center of Spare Parts and Spare Parts itself, the videos below introduce some key topics, including U.S. immigration history and policy and undocumented immigrants. Please watch them and apply what you see and hear to the text of Spare Parts as you read it.

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Spare Parts at the Library:

U.S. Immigration

U.S. Immigration: From 1790 to Today (NPR, May 2018)

Where are the U.S.'s unauthorized immigrants from? (NPR, Sept. 2017)

Immigration Reform 2013: In Las Vegas, Obama Gives Speech on Plan (New York Times, Jan. 2013)


DACA, Explained (Vox, Sept. 2017)

Undocumented College Students

Illegal (Dir. by John X. Carey, 2012)

Georgia's Underground University for Undocumented Students (New Yorker, May 2017)

Undocumented Children

Undocumented and Underage: The Crisis of Migrant Children (Vice News, Aug. 2014)

Sanctuary Cities

How Sanctuary Cities Actually Work (Vox, Apr. 2017)
Why Sanctuary Cities Aren't Safe Under Trump (AJ+ (Al Jazeera), Feb. 2018)

Head of Research Services

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Vicky Orlofsky
Research Services Department