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. But they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more t...
|Title||:||American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures Reviews
Wow, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Some of the stories are better than others, but the really good ones make the whole book worth it.
I laughed, I cried!
This is such a heartwarming mosaic (or "salad bowl," as one of the essay writers says) of diverse lived experiences. I particularly related to the essays about existing in a racial/cultural grey area when you're not "enough" of one thing but you're "too much" of another thing. I loved America Ferrera's intro when she talks about feeling "half American" as a kid. Buy this book for your kids! Or for yourself!
I don’t usually like short essays but I really enjoyed this collection.
"We are the slayers of the 'impossible'."
Wow, just a great book. I laughed and cried and felt everyone's pain and hardships. This collection means a lot to me and will forever have a place on my favorites shelf. I only hope there will be a second volume in the near future. So important for anyone to experience - a must read.
“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
I loved the diversity of stories in this one, reading about Native American reservations, Filipino trans pageants, Indian sari-inspired prom dresses, and everything in between. But these essays as a collection kind of let me down. The authors are all celebrities, but they aren’t all fantastic writers. The essays themselves are pretty short and read more like a Jimmy Fallon interview or a quick TED talk than an essay. The essays also felt so deliberate about answering a specific prompt, instead o ...more
Not to be all "I couldn't put it down!" but I couldn't put it down. As a white, third-generation non-American, I definitely wasn't the target demographic, but there were still so many moments and emotions that rang true to my life and experiences. It gave me so much to think about regarding parent-child relationships, passing down (or not passing down) language and culture, the childhood importance of fitting in, and what it means to self-identify based on your cultural upbringing. Reshma's, Ame ...more