For years, Hartman has been following three refugees -- a 16-year-old Somali Bantu girl, an Iraqi translator, and a Bosnian, who runs a bakery in her basement -- and their families, as they adapt to an old manufacturing city in upstate New York.

They're part of an extraordinary story: The evolution of Utica into a city of refugees. Thousands of immigrants seeking sanctuary -- including Vietnamese and Burmese -- have transformed this once fading industrial town.

Hartman's cell phone pics give a glimpse into new lives: A girl in white tulle attends her sister's high school graduation. A man cuts up a slaughtered goat. A hookah, used for smoking tobacco, sits in a living room. Tiny snowsuits hang from hooks near a mother's bed.

This book project sprang from Hartman's cover story,
A New Life for Refugees, and the City They Adopted, published in The New York Times in 2014.

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