A vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.
Product Code: 6870
ISBN: 9781501180910
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published Date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 336
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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 more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all.

Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

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Voices from American Like Me

"Are there different words for different kinds of Americans? Am I hald American? Kind of American? Other American? I am nine years old, and suddenly I am wondering what do I call an American like me" - America Ferrera

" Being a young adolescent is hard enough. Being black is hard enough, but I had awkwardness in the mix too. Yet somehow in Senegal this awkwardness got lost in translation" -Issa Rae

" I had a mirror in my room, and I put on pictures of my African heroes all around its edges, so when I looked at myself, I saw them too" -Bambadjan Bamba

"It's pretty telling that anytime I saw a brown person on TV, I acted like I'd won the lottery. Like I was seeing a rare extinct animal in the wild."- Diane Guerrero

My mom and dad have demonstrated time and again that you don't have to plan perfect transitions in life. You don't have to land flawlessly. You just have to take the leap." - Michelle Kwan

"Our lineup may sound more diverse than your typical girls basketball team, but in Oxnard, it wasn't that unusual for Latinas to hand with black girls, or Korean girls to hand with Samoan girls. Our overlapping struggles both on and off the court made us more alike than different." - Carmen Perez

" The only Natives I'd seen on TV were Indians in John Wayne westerns. But John Wayne's Indians were usually played by Italian actors, and they weren't recognizable to me in any way. I had more in common with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle than I did with a John Wayne Indian."- Martin Sensmeier

" Growing up, I was Haitian at home and American at school and out in the world. There were different rules for each world I moved through, and I had to learn those rules quickly. - Roxane Gay

" Despite being born and raised in the United States, there was always a part of me that felt like an outsider. At the same time, I always felt like I was never quite Korean enough." - Randall Park

" My grandmother showed me that people who start out with nothing-those who would be considered worthless under new immigration standards-can be the seeds that bear significant contributions to American society. She passed the baton to my parents so that I could one day have it too." -Joaquin Castro

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Contents

Introduction by America Ferrara
Al Madrigal
Jenny Zhang
Bambadjan Bamba
Padma Lakshmi
Roxane Gay
Carmen Perez
Issa Rae
Diane Guerrero
Joy Cho
Liza Koshy
Kumail Nanjiani
Michelle Kwan
Geena Rocero
Frank Waln
Auli'I Cravalho
Jeremy Lin
America Ferrera
Ravi Patel
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tanaya Winder
Wilmer Valderrama
Anna Akana
Laurie Hernandez
Kal Penn
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes
Martin Sensmeier
Carmen Carrera
Uzo Aduba
Linda Sarsour
Joaquin Castro

Conclusion by America Ferrera

Acknowledgments

Readers will come for the big names, but they'll stay for the powerful stories, excellent writing, and feeling of connection. An absolute must for well-rounded collections." - Library Journal (starred review)

"[T]his beautifully woven collection of memoir essays... gifts readers with intimate glimpses of contributors' private lives, rife with admiration for immigrant parents and pride in cultural backgrounds, along with the frustration and anguish that come with feeling like an outsider in their own country." - Booklist (starred review)

"Heartfelt essays from vibrant American voices." - Kirkus Reviews

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