From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents homeland and Honduran culture. Speaking Spanish at home, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in the kitchen, and eating tamales alongside apple pie at Christmas never seemed at odds with her American identity.Still, she yearned to see that identity reflected in the larger American narrative.Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to mor...
|Title||:||American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||337 pages|
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American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures Reviews
I truly enjoy this book. It is a collection of short memoirs from Hollywood, and some political figures who grew up as third culture kids. Being born from immigrant parents and navigating their life as Americans.
This book has made me appreciate how third culture children are so adaptable and resilient through change as well as having unconditional understanding of the greater world around them. The stories that resonated with me the most are that of wilmer valderrama and padma lakshmi.
I highly ...more
Short story format. A bunch of famous people, and more that I didn't think I knew but actually did when it said what they've done, talk about how their individual cultures reflected on their experience growing up in America. Very insightful, and they all had varying experiences, so don't think it's just 30 reiterations of the same struggle.
America Ferrera has put together an earnest, honest, powerful, and brilliant collection of personal essays and stories.
I am not sure a book has ever filled my heart so much. So much hope. So much radical love. So much pride in what being an American can mean. So much appreciation of the differences that make up our collective we, and the strength it gives us all as individuals when we come together as a community to share those differences.
“We live as citizens of a country that does not always claim us or even see us, and yet, we continue to build, to create, and to compel it toward its own promise.” - America Ferrera
This collection of personal accounts provides many heartfelt glimpses into the rich and varied fabric that makes up the group of people called “Americans.” These tales show that we are truly better and stronger when we embrace and celebrate one another’s differences, rather than allowing them to drive a wedge between ...more
Wow. Just, wow. I really loved this book. I’ve been reading a few stories a day and finally finished. I think this collection of essays is something that everyone should read. It really highlights that there are so many ways to be American.
I haven’t written a review in a while, but I’m in tears and this book was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.
Every single essay in this compilation is incredibly important and carries so much power with it. I never wanted it to end. Please, please go get a copy!
Phenomenal collection of vignettes from children of immigrants that are at turns familiar and fresh, rib-tickling and eye-opening. Highly recommend.
America: yes, denied sleepovers (but justly so)!
Reshma: yes, denied custom name keychains! Glad she didn’t change her name when she entered politics. Honestly, if there is a ballot with names I don’t know on an issue I don’t care about, I vote for the foreign name first, woman second, then just pick whichever name I’ve seen on the lawns on my neighb ...more
I laughed, I cried!