Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American: A Memoir

The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card. Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; yea...

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Title:Call Me American: A Memoir
Author:Abdi Nor Iftin
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1524732192
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Call Me American: A Memoir Reviews

  • Linda
    Jul 08, 2018
    In the dictionary, as a definition to the word "optimist" should be Abdi Nor Iftin's photograph. He grew up in Somalia where he learned English by watching American movies (Arnold Schwartzenegger?) and listening to American music (Michael Jackson). He taught "American" to his friends a...
  • Mehrsa
    Sep 16, 2018
    can't remember the last time a book made me cry this hard (maybe bridge to terabithia ?). I went all day after reading this book. It's harrowing to be reminded that life is so hard for so many people. Abdi gets a magic ticket that saves him from war, violence, and oppression--an Ameri...
  • Gloria
    Aug 07, 2018
    This contemporary memoir follows a young Muslim man from childhood in Somalia to his almost miraculous arrival in the USA during years of civil war. With a candid and at times even mischievous voice, readers are treated to the enormous hardships endured by ordinary citizens when war br...
  • (a)lyss(a)
    Jun 09, 2018
    "I didn't want to die for them; I wanted to live in a beautiful American city with paved roads, gorgeous women, money, cards, and jobs." I received a copy of this book from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. While I learned from this book and the content is interes...
  • Cindy
    Sep 28, 2018
    Quite a story...poignant as well in these times. Very much looking forward to hearing him speak in a few weeks... ...
  • Dorine
    Jul 26, 2018
    Abdi is een medewinnaar van de DV2014. Onze dromen waren gelijk.. maar hoe verschillend waren en zijn onze levens. Naast een indrukwekkend en aangrijpend verhaal van een leven in onrust en oorlog ook een herkenbaar deel over de lottery en het zijn van een nieuweling in een land. ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 04, 2018
    I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Iftin's memoir of surviving war, poverty, and famine in Somalia to becoming a refugee is illuminating and shockingly free of any self-pity. His writing is spare and straight-forward but because so much of his story is emotio...
  • Kelly
    Oct 29, 2018
    I started reading this book because my oldest friend recommended it. It piqued my interest because on the author?s ties to Maine, and because I work in humanitarian immigration relief. I was poised to give a five star review about five pages in, long before I realized the author was ...
  • Bridget
    Aug 15, 2018
    "Abdi's Golden Ticket" is one of my favorite episodes of This American Life, so it was a treat to read this memoir and learn more about his amazing story. I have a major soft spot for immigration paperwork dramas, especially ones that turn out well...and especially ones that started ou...
  • Christine
    Oct 31, 2018
    This book is a tribute to an extraordinary young man and to the spirit of America, our huge, messy, idealistic, and flawed home. Abdi Iftin wanted to make the U.S. his home, too, from a very young age. You can easily get an overview of the story from other reviews so I will just make s...
  • Jp Perkins
    Aug 03, 2018
    This is an excellent book for anyone truly interested in those seeking refuge in the US today. It gives clear picture why someone would need to leave the home country that they love as well as the struggle to get passage to America. It is just one man's story, and very different from o...
  • Amber Garabrandt
    Jun 20, 2018
    Summary: This is the story of a boy that grew up in war-torn Somalia and dreamed of the freedom of America. The land where he could talk like in the movies he watched, listen to music, dance, and dream without fear. Watching his family starve, his neighbors get killed or beaten, wha...
  • Quo
    Oct 24, 2018
    Call Me American: A Memoir is a book about the importance of imagination for someone whose life is filled with little beyond physical & geographic constraints in a war-torn flyspeck of a country called Somalia. The author, Abdi Nor Iftin uses his imagination & an inner reservoi...
  • Sarah
    May 05, 2018
    I read this book early as a digital galley thanks to the First To Read program through Penguin Books. In Call Me American, Abdi Nor Iftin tells his life story, the story of a child growing up in Somalia who is enamored by American culture and hopes to someday make it to the United Stat...
  • BookOfCinz
    Jun 22, 2018
    "Call Me American" A Memior by Abdi Nor Iftin did a number on me. I felt for Abdi and what his family went through and might still be going through. The world can be so tiring at times.... *sigh* This Memior is about Abdi, who grew up in Somalia which is in constant war. We get a fi...
  • Krista
    May 14, 2018
    I wasn't excited about reading this book, not sure I was the audience that would appreciate it. Turns out, I would highly recommend Call Me American to everyone. This memoir is a first hand account of the atrocities of living with war for more than 20 years. It discusses the complexiti...
  • Anna
    Nov 21, 2018
    This is really hard to read as stories of war always are. It also really highlights the difficulties refugees face in trying to live their lives away from countries where everyday they are in danger of death. But his stories of the terrorism wrought by other refugees from Somalia in Ke...
  • Nicole
    Jul 05, 2018
    I had the opportunity to hear Abdi speak with Portland?s Mayor Strimling last month and was very touched by his story. I learned a lot about Somalia from this book, and my eyes were opened even more to the immigrant experience. I?m so glad Abdi shared his story and hope he?ll ach...
  • Polly Ingraham
    Nov 01, 2018
    Searing, fascinating, inspiring, at times even amusing. Such a completely honest story of one young man's quest to survive in his war-torn country of Somalia and then eventually, through tremendous trials, make it to the United States. Recommend to everyone who wants to understand ho...
  • Michele Dubois
    Sep 03, 2018
    Dear everyone: please read this book. Abdi?s story is unique because he escaped war torn Somalia and miraculously made it out within an inch of his life; Others, including his family and friends, have not been as lucky. The terror rages on across the globe in places like Mogadishu, w...
  • Nancy
    Jul 13, 2018
    "My future was a mystery, but at least I was leaving hell forever." from Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin Abdi's Somalian parents were nomadic herders of camel and goats. His mother bore battle scars from the large cats she fought while protecting her herd. In 1977, drought left h...
  • Westminster Library
    Jul 27, 2018
    Often when we hear news about conflict in any of the regular hot spots around the world we pause for a second and shake our heads and maybe send good thoughts. No three minute news story is ever long enough to encompass the varying factions and shifting loyalties that make up most conf...
  • Nicole O
    Jun 16, 2018
    This memoir tells the story of Abdi Iftin, affectionately known as Abdi American, who survives several civil wars in Somalia and comes to emigrate to America through grit, perseverance, and a little bit of luck. This book was extremely graphic in the way it described the horrors Ab...
  • Katie B
    May 09, 2018
    Growing up in war-torn Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin narrowly escaped death more than a few times. Watching American movies provided a source of comfort to him and it's how he was able to learn English. But in 2006, Islamic extremists come to power and Western culture influences are not only...
  • Philip Riley
    Nov 25, 2018
    The day I started reading this book, after a long work day, taking the bus home, it made me sick reading about the unceremonious killing in the streets of Mogadishu. The al-Shabaab radicals, and the US-backed government, a mess of sides coming together with guns, while innocent childre...
  • Dan Friedman
    Jun 27, 2018
    In his Call Me American: A Memoir, Abdi Nor Iftin provides an indispensable and eloquent addition to the canon of American immigrant literature. Iftin adroitly relates his story of growing up in Mogadishu with parents forced to abandon their beloved nomadic life. Applying his intellige...
  • Will
    Jul 23, 2018
    I received this remarkable memoir as a Giveaways winner. I want to thank Goodreads and Knopf. How many of us can fathom learning a foreign language from watching action movies? I can't. But that is exactly what Abdi Nor Iftin did. Growing up in war-torn Somalia, he began teaching hi...
  • Stephanie Nelson
    Jun 01, 2018
    This book was hard for me to get through at times, but that is because of the pain I felt inside when I read about the events in the author's life growing up in Somalia. Call Me American is a book written about a man, who as a young boy in Somalia already knew that he was meant for gr...
  • Angela Gibson
    May 13, 2018
    This book is a memoir that teaches a current events lesson about Somalia and provides a first person account of what it truly means to live in a country of never ending war. The story of Abdi Nor Iftin's life begins in the livestock holding bush of Somalia. Drought forces his family...
  • Bella
    Sep 20, 2018
    This book has been my bus buddy for the last two weeks and I could not be more glad I picked it up. Abdi Iftin shares his story of tragedy, hope, luck, and freedom in his beautiful and raw memoir Call Me American. Over and over my heart was completely broken when he described being dis...