Here’s a selection of reader praise for
How to Make a Life:
A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted
by Madeline Uraneck (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2018)
An immigration story of crossing cultural bridges and finding family

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“Your book is a beautiful tribute to Tenzin and her family and to the immigrant experience in general. So tender and dear. To be an immigrant is to forever have your heart in two places, never to be completely whole again.” – Marilee

“What a remarkable and conscientiously woven testimony to unique human spirits. The book balances just the right amount of historical facts with delicately chosen snippets of human struggle, courage, stamina, and joy of life. How To Make a Life lifts the veil for readers to peak into of a culture and some of its traditions, that would have been otherwise inaccessible to most of us.  Through this book, Tenzin Kalsang, her immediate and extended family have become our educators on how to face challenges in life and how to make the best out of any situation.” – Kerstin

“Such an inviting story and wonderful ending. I didn’t want it to end.” – Marli

“My favorite passage from your book thus far: It was a huge step. It was the I-am-going-to-the-international-airport step, the step between the haves and have-nots of the world. It was the step that separates those who have the luxury to wander between the world’s pockets of prosperity and poverty, from those whose sphere is confined to a smaller circumference. That bittersweet step marks my greatest wealth. That describes feelings I’ve had for years in an incredibly clear and poignant way. This book is wonderful. – Laura

“The book is a wonderful blend of personal story along with background on the conditions in Tibet, the migration across the Himalayas and experiences in refugee camps, then the final arrival in America and in Madison. Though Tibet was never a Peace Corps country, Madeline writes with the voice, compassion and experience of a Peace Corps Volunteer (she served as staff in Lesotho and Turkmenistan).” – Kate

“I just finished reading your incredible book, How To Make a Life. Your writing is so wonderfully descriptive & loaded with deep thoughts and insights. I have turned down dozens of corners of pages for reference to refer to later. You are such an incredible ambassador of good.” – Juanita

“I loved your book – the personal way you wrote it (sharing your vulnerabilities), the reality of what your Tibetan family went/are going through (the tug of cultures and of generations), the familiarity of the Madison landscape.” – Kimiko

“I have post-its on pages throughout with questions to ask or excerpts I want to read again and share.” – Karen

“I hope and envision your book reaching many at this pivotal time for our nation of immigrants. These are dark times. But your book, and your work in the world does bring Light.” – Julie

“I appreciate your selfless and hard work for the Tibetan people and our noble cause.” – Nyima

“Thank you for your amazing presentation at Northside Library, the best presentation this year.” – Evan

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How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted
by Madeline Uraneck (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2018)

Click here to order How To Make a Life from the publisher.
Click here to order How To Make a Life from an indie bookstore.