PRESS & REVIEWS
"Memoir fans will love the ambitious and sometimes experimental structure of Guerrero’s debut. In spite of the pain and dysfunction that Marco Antonio caused in their family’s life, Crux remains a love story of a daughter trying help her father find a place in the world: somewhere between the logical and the unknowable, between the standards of Western medicine and the curanderismo that runs in his blood. It’s a wild ride."
Los Angeles Review of Books
"The genius of Guerrero’s exquisite creation lies beyond her lyrical descriptions, and visceral phrases (e.g., “I had to learn to keep my sympathy zipped inside my stomach.”) What truly makes this book extraordinary is the careful layering and connections ... the kind of memoir that seems to redefine the genre."
“A passionate and riveting memoir that stretches the notion of 'crossing borders.' By honoring the profound complexities of the human spirit and psyche, Guerrero shows us how the discussion of crossing borders can be enriched by expanding beyond the concepts of nation and culture.”
The Washington Post
"A gracefully written and nuanced memoir by Jean Guerrero, a reporter at the PBS affiliate in San Diego. In the book, Guerrero — whose mother is Puerto Rican — sets off on a quest to understand her brilliant, infuriating and profoundly damaged Mexican-born, U.S. immigrant father, Marco Antonio Guerrero. Luminous ... heartfelt and mystically charged."
PRI's The World
"When author Jean Guerrero was just a child growing up in southern California, her Mexican father introduced her to the power of fantasy. Their bond began to fray when he started to be overwhelmed by paranoid thoughts and suffered a breakdown."
"Jean Guerrero’s 'Crux' is the odyssey of a daughter in search of herself as she comes to terms with her own mentally ill father. Amna Nawaz talks with the author, who is also a journalist for KPBS, about how she told her own family’s story."
"The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the official point that both separates and connects Mexico and the United States. San Ysidro is a physical crossing, but it’s also something more complex. It represents the liminal space between nations and ideas, and it's where Emmy Award-winning journalist, Jean Guerrero's new book, 'Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir' begins."
NPR's All Things Considered
Jean Guerrero tells NPR's Michel Martin about her new book, Crux: A Cross Border Memoir, in which she crisscrosses the U.S.-- Mexico border to discover her family history.
"Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS’s Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and why presenting yourself for asylum at a port of entry isn’t all the administration talks it up to be."
MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell
During a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill, one senior HHS official revealed he repeatedly warned the Trump administration about the lasting effects of separating children from their parents. Jean Guerrero, Immigration Reporter for KPBS, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss her reporting from the border.