Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Lecturer in Classics at Columbia University, will publish his memoir in July 2015. The book tells the story of how, as a boy, Padilla Peralta came to the United States legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better life for her bright sons.