A blend of on-the-ground reporting and personal anecdotes that weaves a tapestry of the immigrant experience, multicultural parenting, and identity in the US

Product Code: 3183
ISBN: 9780807007303
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 232
Published Date: 10/04/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $14.95

Through her own stories and interviews with other immigrant families, award-winning journalist Masha Rumer paints a realistic and compassionate picture of what it’s like for immigrant parents raising a child in America while honoring their cultural identities. Parenting with an Accent speaks to immigrant and non-immigrant readers alike, incorporating a diverse collection of voices and experiences to provide an intimate look at the lives of many different immigrant families across the country.

With a compelling blend of empirical data, humor, and on-the-ground reportage, Rumer presents interviews with experts on various aspects of parenting as an immigrant, including the challenges of acculturation, bilingualism strategies, and childcare. She visits a children’s Amharic class at an Ethiopian church in New York, a California vegetable farm, a Persian immersion school, and more. Through these stories, she opens a window to a world of parenting unique to multicultural families. Immigrant readers will appreciate Rumer’s gentle message about the kind of ethnic and cultural ambivalence that is born of having roots planted in many different soils, while in these pages non-immigrants get a fly-on-the-wall view of the unique experiences of newcomers.

Deeply researched yet personal, Parenting with an Accent centers immigrants and their experiences in a new country—emphasizing how immigrants and their children remain an integral part of America’s story.

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I Am the Grinch Who Stole Christmas

The Beet Test

Then Comes Baby in a Baby Carriage

Vodka Rubs and Other Family Advice

The Polyglot Boardinghouse

Bilingualism: An Uphill Battle, Sometimes

Standing Watch

The Experts Weigh In

Nannies and Daycares and Grandmas, Oh My!

Protests and Myths

Live and Learn

“They Say Little Racist Things”

Between Two Worlds

Finding Home


"Rumer’s book weaves together dozens of parents’ stories, their successes and their failures [...] In Parenting with an Accent, she has created such a circle for all of us." —The Los Angeles Review of Books

"A refreshing addition to a crowded field, unique in its focuses and perspective: highlighting and amplifying the voices and stories of immigrant parents navigating life in the United States. The book is as much ethnographic study as it is an affirmative and therapeutic examination of identity, and what it means to pass that identity forward." —Lilith Magazine

“An affirming guide to parenting as an immigrant.” —Publishers Weekly

"Rumer ... spotlights various experiences of immigrant families across the country and provides essential insight into the nuances of multicultural parenting." —Sofia Bolido, The Millions

"Both a parenting resource and a heartfelt memoir of the immigrant experience" —Elisa Magidoff, Associate Director of the Center for Children and Youth, a Division of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

“A timely update on the travails and glories of being an immigrant to our country told with thoughtfulness and compassion.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

“Growing up as an immigrant child and then becoming an immigrant parent can feel lonely and unsettling, like living between worlds. Rumer’s Parenting with an Accent made me feel less isolated and more understood. Celebrating the wisdom and traditions that so many diverse heritages bring to parenting, as Rumer deftly demonstrates, makes us all richer and opens windows to see new possibilities for generations growing up in a fast-changing, complex world. This book is a great read for any parent wishing to understand their role through a wider lens.” —Homa Sabet Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global

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