Press & Reviews


An unsparing portrait of the young architect of Trumpian nationalism … carefully documented and persuasive. A readable study in the banality of evil, even if it comes clothed in bespoke suits.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Investigative reporter Jean Guerrero deftly uncovers how Stephen Miller—as a privileged California teenager desperate for attention and power—immersed himself in right-wing dark arts, attracting a motley crew of white supremacists and extremists eager to cultivate the precocious boy’s interests. Under their tutelage, Miller developed a talent for twisting progressive rhetoric to his will—a skill the Trump administration has used to shape its most sadistic policies.Hatemonger is a must-read for those who want to understand how small minds steeped in extremist methods have amassed great power in the 21st century. A superbly reported and haunting American tragedy.”

—Rachel Slade, author of the national bestseller Into the Raging Sea

“In Hatemonger, Jean Guerrero doesn’t just catalogue Stephen Miller’s scorched-earth campaign to relentlessly vilify and abuse migrants from the nucleus of American politics—she also shines a light on the casual radicalization of a life-long troll and his gleeful ascendance to the halls of power, revealing the insidious inner workings of modern-day white supremacy. A vital book for understanding the still-unfolding nightmare of nationalism and racism in the 21st century.”

—Francisco Cantu, author of The Line Becomes a River

“An urgent story. Jean Guerrero writes with piercing clarity about one of the most powerful and elusive figures in America today.”

-Wil S. Hylton, author of Vanished

“A brilliant and necessary look into the making of the mastermind behind the worst of America’s policies. Guerrero’s deep dive into Stephen Miller was enlightening and terrifying all at once. Hatemonger is required reading to understand what we are truly up against in America.”
-Julissa Arce, bestselling author of My (Underground) American Dream and Someone Like Me


“Luminous … heartfelt and mystically charged.”

The Washington Post

“Crux, at its heart, is Guerrero’s love letter to her dad . . . expressive and affecting, especially in the moments where she grounds her reader in her own exploration of the mystical. . . . The book is deeply researched and tightly written. . . . This admission—that she’s willingly choosing a different story—helps the reader suspend disbelief.”


“Guerrero’s memoir reads like a fever dream, full of mystery, magic, and not a little madness…An ode to a complicated family legacy, this hard-to-put-down narrative, rife with culture, myth, and politics, flows with a liminal quality that refuses to let go, enmeshing readers in the turbulence of modern-day Mexico.”

Library Journal

“In her devastatingly beautiful memoir . . . [Guerrero] tracks her father through his lineage of mystics; his shadowy past; and his years of obsession, self-destruction, and even brilliance. . . . She writes poetically about borders as a metaphor for the boundary of identity between father and daughter and the porous connective tissues that bind them.”

The National Book Review

“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 … It’s the kind of story you think about long after you’ve finished reading it, and the kind of memoir that seems to redefine the genre.”

–Los Angeles Review of Books

Crux is everything I want in a memoir: prose that dazzles and cuts, insights hard-won and achingly named, and a plot that kept me up at night, breathlessly turning pages. Jean Guerrero has a poet’s lyrical sense, a journalist’s dogged devotion to truth, and a fast and far-reaching mind. This is a book preoccupied with chasing—that is one of its harrowing pleasures—but, like all great memoirs, it is ultimately a story about the great trouble and relief of being found.”

Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart Abandon Me

“Jean Guerrero has done excellent reporting from the US/Mexico borderlands. Now she examines the more mysterious borders of family history and that unknown region of the heart. You will be moved by CRUX – this book is powerful and true.”

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway

“From the very beginning, Jean Guerrero’s CRUX draws the reader in—Guerrero’s language is as poetic as the story is engrossing. The characters, though, shine brightest. Guerrero draws from record, history, myth, and rumor to create compelling portraits of a family navigating multiple borders as well as the complexities of love and life within them.”

–Adriana E Ramírez, author of Dead Boys

“Crux is a triumphant memoir driven by the search for home and a father’s elusive love. The twists and unexpected turns across borders are enchanting.”

Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico

“A passionate and riveting memoir that stretches the notion of “crossing borders”  … By honoring the profound complexities of the human spirit and psyche, Jean Guerrero’s manuscript ‘Crux’ shows us how any discussion of crossing borders might be enriched by expanding beyond the concepts of nation and culture.”

PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize judges

“A powerful memoir that charts a daughter’s struggle to save her haunted father, CRUX is alive with family magic and fierce with love.”

–Junot Díaz 

“In this beautiful memoir, Jean Guerrero crosses the familial borders that have both captivated and terrified her since childhood. Using her investigative and writerly skills to confront her father, his past, and the magic and mystery in their legacy, Crux is intimate, powerful, and a testament to the lengths we’ll go for our families.”
–Leah Carroll, author of Down City



PBS NewsHour: A journalist’s journey, guided by curiosity for her father’s illness

Washington Post: A Mexican American daughter’s search for her father’s sanity

PRI’s The World – A family odyssey explores madness, Mexico and mythology

Los Angeles Review of Books – Border Memories

NPR Michel Martin: Journalist Crosses Borders To Understand Her Troubled Father

KQED Forum: Searching for her Father, Jean Guerrero Crosses Borders in CRUX

National Book Review: 5 Hot Books

BBC: 10 Books To Read In July 

Vanity Fair: 5 Great Reads For Explorers and Obsessives

KCRW: Crossing borders, in mind and in the flesh

San Diego Magazine: Top 5 Books To Read In July 

Entertainment Weekly: New And Notable Books

Signature Reads: The Best Books Of July 

Bitch Media – At The Border, On The Margins

Kirkus Reviews – “Author Interview: Jean Guerrero”

San Diego CityBeat – Jean Guerrero’s quest for the truth

NPR Review – “In ‘Crux,’ A Journalist Investigates The Troubled Life Of Her Own Father

Con Safos Magazine: The Story Of The Ultimate Migrant

San Diego Union-Tribune: Young writer chases her father’s past in cross-border memoir

KPBS: Jean Guerrero Traces Family History In New Memoir

KRWG: Jean Guerrero’s CRUX