This book is written in a style that reminds me of a graduate thesis, the subject of course being the Portuguese who immigrated to California. The title is slightly misleading because, while there are a lot of stories, most of it relates to you perspectives from specific women and their experiences as immigrants. It is through these specific women that Lick recaptures what it was like to immigrate from Portugal and the Azores, the traditions, culture, and country they left behind, and what they found once they got here. Being of Portuguese descent, this book was incredibly insightful about what my foremothers went through when they immigrated to America, and what the Azores were (and are) like. It gave me a wonderful perspective on a world I might otherwise have never really known. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!