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
We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them — but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's crazy.
American did not cherry-pick her ...more
“I think stories and songs come to us at different points in our lives. I will believe they are told and sung in different ways to reflect the mirror we need to look into. I carry many stories and songs.”
“Under the description for the purpose of her visit are scrawled the words: to live.”
This is a must-read, a collection of 32 short essays of living between cultures in America, that will make you laugh and also ugly-cry at the beauty and grief and life in these stories. More than anything ...more
"I invited my friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories in this book so that we might build community; so that we could ientify our whole selves within a larger culture that tends to leave important pieces of our stories out; so that our voices would amplify one another's as we declare who we actually are. We are kids with no key chains, daughters carrying history in the gaps of our teeth. We are the sons of parents who don't speak of the past, inheritors of warriors' blood and mad barga ...more
I wasn't sure what the tone of this book would be given the deep divide in our country. I was very pleased that the tone of the essays were very positive. I think most Americans faced some them vs us at the time of immigration, regardless of when they immigrated. Sadly, many people forgot what it was like to be the new kid on the block leaving a not great situation in their homeland to move to a land with endless possibilities but no guarantees. Still, an improvement over no possibilities. These ...more
I found my own unrepresented story intertwined in the stories told in the book. There were moments of levity among moments of pain and triumph. It was a good mix and it was exciting reading about people I personally admire that are not highlighted in the mainstream public (Carmen Carrera).
I loved this book so much I’m sad I finished. Incredible.
Powerful and essential. Everyone should read this collection of essays immediately! With so many of my favorites in the mix - Padma, Issa, Kumail, Uzo, Roxane - I knew I was going to love it. These voices and their histories ARE what makes America great.
There's a common thread that's pretty much unanimous throughout: strong, supportive parents and families.
Reshma Saujani: "I was beginning to learn that bravery is like a muscle, and once you flex it, you can't stop. And being authentic requires ...more
“But what ARE you?!”
As someone who’s grown up, especially as a child, not knowing exactly what to tell people when they ask where I’m from after I say, “Here?” or “My family is from Texas, they’ve always been from Texas..” I’m just American, right? “But you look Mexican!”
This book showcases pretty heartwarming accounts about what its like growing up in America and not always feeling American, and learning to love yourself and where you came from. Whether you started out here, or found your ...more