Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe was born in London and grew up in Medford, New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and Slate. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Soundprint. She is also the author of Soldier Girls and Just Like Us. Her work has won the Colorado Book Award and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

  • Just Like Us

    By Helen Thorpe

    Read by Paula Christensen

    The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America

    What citizenship really means, to those who have it, and those who don't.

    "Just Like Us beautifully and powerfully reminds us of the individuals whose lives lie at the center of the chaos that is our approach to immigration. Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature." - Malcolm Gladwell

    Released January 11, 2011
    English, Unabridged

  • Soldier Girls

    By Helen Thorpe

    Read by Donna Postel

    The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

    Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking.

    "With a novelist's perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work." - Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Released September 23, 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • The Newcomers

    By Helen Thorpe

    Read by Kate Handford

    Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

    Twenty-two teenaged refugees adapt to life in America with the help of their English teacher.

    "Together, Thorpe and Handford make the thoughts, feelings, past and present experiences, frustrations, and energy of these young people readily accessible to listeners." - Audiofile

    Released November 14, 2017
    English, Unabridged