American Like Me: Reflections on Life 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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
I really was impressed by the variety of authors. Though they're all famous in some way, there are actors, singers, politicians, activists, and more; and on top of that, they all come from a variety of cultural backgrounds—including some Native Americans, which I thought was cool. Amongst the essays, there's a lot of divergence, too. Some short, some long; some funn ...more
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.
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!
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“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
"Maybe they didn't want me to blend in as much as I thought. They blended in so I wouldn't have to. They paid the ultimate price for my authenticity. They gave up their community, their careers, their language, their own names. These were the steep taxes they paid to make a better life for me. Assimilating in the ways my parents did can invite accusations. Changing your name and hiding your accent could be seen as passive or fearfu ...more
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wow, I love this book. It's a collection of essays edited by America Ferrera about living between cultures. The essays are written by activists, actors, politicians, writers, and so many others. This book had so many diverse stories; not only were the essays by individuals from different cultures, but fro...more
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
This feels like a young adult book, an impression that is strengthened by the photos of the contributors as children. It's not a bad thing, although I do wish someone had edited out a few instances of ...more
In such a divided state of affairs that the country is in right now, this collection of essays (and amazing women like America Ferrera) gives me the hope that we as Americans are still capable to change. Can strive for better and can eliminate hate and fear. I learned so much from the vast array of contributors about their culture growing up- why they felt they couldn’t truly be who they were and at the same time, be American- as well as the struggles and brave sacrifices that their ancestors ...more