Different Roots, Common Dreams

Book Praise


This book won a silver “Benjamin Franklin Award” from Independent Book Publishers Association, and a silver “IPPY” award from Independent Publishers. From one reviewer: “This book’s blend of visual artistry and enriching text was most enjoyable to review.”

“The continued success of “Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity” is a testament to your tireless efforts and stunning photography….By making communities more welcoming, you give us invaluable assistance in providing education programs to improve the economic well-being of all New Hampshire residents.:
James B. Snodgrass

Executive Director, Second Start, Concord, NH

Field wanted to show the beauty and resilience of new Americans who now call New Hampshire home. She succeeded brilliantly. 
Barbara Coles

Book review in NH Magazine, Sept 2015

Diversity is an important component of economic vitality and innovation. “Different Roots, Common Dreams” provides a powerful portrayal of the energy and range of immigrant communities in New Hampshire, a state known for its culture of inclusion. We are a stronger state when we celebrate this diversity in our workforce, our businesses, and our communities.

Jeffery Rose

Commissioner, NH Department of Resource and Economic Development, Concord, NH

Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH) is pleased to endorse this important book project initiated by Becky Field. This book is useful in many ways. First, it raises awareness about the strength and vitality of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity in New Hampshire. Second, the book highlights various cultural aspects of New Americans which have added beauty and value to the state. Third, it presents a positive perspective on the lives and contributions of foreign-born residents in the Granite State. Forth, it helps in educating the general public about New Americans’ journey to New Hampshire. We wish her every success in her noble project.”
Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire

Michael Herrmann, owner of Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord: “a beautiful book…all about people that are moving to our state, immigrants, contributing, preserving their own culture, while embracing New Hampshire culture – it’s a fascinating book.
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Just received our copy of “Different Roots, Common Dreams” and it is stunning! A real gift to the New Hampshire community. This will help me explain to friends why I teach ESOL.

Judy Elliott

ESOL Teacher, Canterbury, NH

Becky Field’s work gives us an opportunity to embrace all who make up the fabric of New Hampshire. When we strip away the classifications of race, ethnicity, religion and other factors, we learn that we are all the same…we share the same hopes, dreams, desires and fears. It’s nice to be able to celebrate the state’s growing diversity in this way.

Amy Marchildon

Director, Services for New Americans, Ascentria Care Alliance, Concord, NH

“Different Roots, Common Dreams” is a pleasure to browse through and ultimately quite informative. Simply stated, “Different Roots, Common Dreams” is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library

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Midwest Book Review, January 2016

I was very impressed by the photographs which are beautifully composed and provide a dazzling look into the homes of some of our newest Granite State neighbors.
Mary A. Russell

Librarian, Center for the Book, NH State Library

Becky Field’s pictures are a source of joy and healing for the wounded heart. They are also a bright and shining light for the future and a tribute for those who care for the uprooted. We are grateful to Becky Field for bestowing hope and dignity on the newcomers amongst us.

Eskinder Negash

Senior Vice President for Global Engagement, U.S. , Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Arlington, VA

The compelling body of work that Becky Field has created of recent New Hampshire immigrants speaks to photography’s power to reveal the complexity and drama of the human condition. Ms. Field’s extraordinary compassion and dedication to this topic reminds me of the heroic work of Lewis W. Hines a century ago documenting the immigrants arriving at Ellis Island ready to start a new life in America. In this beautifully edited and sequenced book, we celebrate the circle of life: weddings, children, religious ceremonies, death and everything in between are captured in Becky Field’s fresh vision of the immigrant experience in New Hampshire.

Gary Samson

Chair, Photography Department, NH Institute of Art