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American like me : reflections on life between cultures

Author: America Ferrera; E Cayce Dumont
Publisher: New York, NY : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., September 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Gallery books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in
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Genre/Form: Essays
Autobiographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: America Ferrera; E Cayce Dumont
ISBN: 9781501180910 1501180916 9781501180927 1501180924 9781471180071 1471180077
OCLC Number: 1044574082
Performer(s): Stories by Reshma Saujani, Al Madrigal, Jenny Zhang, Bambadjan Bamba, Padma Lakshmi, Randall Park, 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, Ravi Patel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tanaya Winder, Wilmer Valderrama, Anna Akana, Laurie Hernendez, Kal Penn, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Martin Sensmeier, Carman Carrera, Uzo Aduba, Linda Sarsour, Joaquin Castro and by the author.
Description: xxii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Reshma Saujani --
Al Madrigal --
Jenny Zhang --
Bambadjan Bamba --
Padma Lakshmi --
Randall Park --
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.
Responsibility: edited by America Ferrera with E. Cayce Dumont.

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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, 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."--Jacket.

This vibrant and varied collection of essays contains first person accounts about the experience of growing up between cultures. Ferrera has edited together the stories of 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.--Adapted from publisher information.

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