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American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

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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, havi
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Gallery Books
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Sachi Argabright
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please stop whatever you’re doing and buy this book! I knew it would be right up my alley, but this book greatly exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by most of the essays, and was able to relate so closely to their themes. As person of mixed race who was raised by a Japanese immigrant, I was so pleased to see so many of my experiences reflected on the pages of this book. There were so many little things that resonated with me too such as Reshma Saujani talking about using an “easier” fake ...more
Amanda Peña
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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!”

Do I?

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
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Krissy
I laughed, I cried!
Shadowdenizen
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly compelling, and came at quite literally the perfect time in our American history. I think this is not only an IMPORTANT book, but a NEEDED one.

As things begin to change and move forward in our country (hopefully for the better!), there will understandably be some resistance: change can be frightening. But we can't let that small minority paralyze the rest of us.

I think this book will stand the test of time, and hopefully will serve to enlighten and galvanize people to realiz
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Jacqueline
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
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!
Amanda
Oct 11, 2018 added it
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
Punam Sachdev
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shed a few tears reading this book. Wish I had reflected more on the various immigrant/child of immigrants experiences as I was growing up...didn’t realize until much later how we were all writing our own chapters for ourselves and the next generation...and how different families added their own unique tales with experiences so different from yet so similar to my own. Thank you, America Ferrara for putting this together 🙏🏾
Ruby
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september
"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
L
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven't finished a book in a while for a number of reasons. No small part is due to what is happening in America right now.

I needed this book. I needed to hear about the voices who aren't usually heard. And true, all of these people are celebrities or are notable for one reason or another, which gives them the privilege to be heard. Still, hearing about their childhood experiences, about their family member's experiences, really felt refreshing.

I really appreciate this book.

Also, the descri
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Kelly 💜☕️
Such a great collection of stories from immigrants and children of immigrants. So many famous people that everyone knows at least 5 of the 32. You may not know them by name, but once you hear their accomplishments, I realized I knew more than I expected.

America Ferrera compiled and edited the collection, told her own stories and did narration for the audio version. So many celebrities: Lin-Manuel Miranda of HAMILTON, olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, Top Che
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Sabina
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Katy
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Randy
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the IDEA of this book. In practice, many of the pieces are beautifully rendered and emotionally rich, but too many are just not very well written which affects their message. I think I may have enjoyed this book better in audiobook form or if I read it over a longer period of time (like 1 essay per week). Spoiler: America Ferrera is amazing.
Shiloh Modisett
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed getting to hear so many Americans’ stories of their relationship to their heritage. I listened to the audiobook and while I appreciated getting to hear the stories being told, I was thrown off by some of the stories being read by their author in their own voice, and some not. Other than that though, I have nothing but good things to say about this book.
Coral
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Jen Mayes
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading all of the beautiful stories that make up this country. We are richer and so much better because of immigrants and refugees who have made the difficult journey to start over in a new culture.
Kim
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great little collection of stories written by prominent immigrants. All share a similar string of support for the American Dream, but the detail and the significance of each of these stories to their respective authors rings true.
Jeimy
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A collection of first person narratives from people of all walks of life. This book was great because it opens our minds to the realities of what life is like for people whose backgrounds and realities are very different than our owns.
Caroline Craig
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow I loved this. These were the stories I wanted to hear. Proud Americans but also proud of their heritage. Their heritage defining so much about them but living in a country where the heritage is only celebrated by some. I would recommend this to anyone.
Molly Stuckey
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect and I was drawn into each and every unique story. We are all alike, we are all different. A great celebration of the stories that help make us America.
Leslie
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Started a bit slow, but stories get better and better. Inspirational memories.
Taylor Martin
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t usually like short essays but I really enjoyed this collection.
Camina
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart swelled with so many different emotions, reminds me of my family. We may come from different countries and culture but we all want the same things in life.
Divya Ganesh
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book I have read. Related to it on so many levels.
Madison Ickes
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Emily
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful set of essays that share a variety of immigrant experiences. Beautifully written, very interesting and thought-provoking.
Melissa Smith
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent collection of immigrant stories. It has a lot of my favorite people. It has Roxane Gay and America Ferrera .
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