American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

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, havi From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-pe...

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Title:American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures
Author:America Ferrera
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B075RVP6JJ
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:337 pages pages

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Oct 25, 2018
    This collection features essays from many different Americans across many different cultures and identities. It includes actors and actresses as well as sports figures, authors, activists, and more. Topics vary from serious to lighthearted, so there's something for everyone here. I wis...
  • T
    Nov 01, 2018
    Phenomenal collection of vignettes from children of immigrants that are at turns familiar and fresh, rib-tickling and eye-opening. Highly recommend. America: yes, denied sleepovers (but justly so)! Reshma: yes, denied custom name keychains! Glad she didn?t change her name when...
  • Anjuli
    Dec 22, 2018
    Wow. Just, wow. I really loved this book. I?ve been reading a few stories a day and finally finished. I think this collection of essays is something that everyone should read. It really highlights that there are so many ways to be American. ...
  • Jacqueline
    Oct 14, 2018
    I haven?t written a review in a while, but I?m in tears and this book was one of the most beautiful things I?ve ever read. 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! ...
  • Randy
    Oct 17, 2018
    I love the IDEA of this book. In practice, many of the pieces are beautifully rendered and emotionally rich, but too many are just not very well written which affects their message. I think I may have enjoyed this book better in audiobook form or if I read it over a longer period of ti...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Jan 03, 2019
    In American Like Me, you will find essays from famous Americans who have struggled with feeling ?other? in their home country and with finding a way to meld their cultural identities. Some of these essays are hilarious, some are heartbreaking, and most are a beautiful mixture of th...
  • Felicia
    Jan 09, 2019
    Refreshing to hear all these different American stories. I loved it and needed it. I wish I would have had it when I was growing up. ...
  • Kate
    Oct 22, 2018
    A beautiful book that I look forward to having on my own shelves and watching my between-cultures girls discover as they get older. All the essays moved me, but particularly Tanaya Winder and Martin Sensmeier (both writing from a Native perspective), and Uzo Aduba (a Nigerian-American)...
  • Krissy
    Sep 25, 2018
    I laughed, I cried! ...
  • Amanda Peña
    Oct 04, 2018
    ?But what ARE you?!? 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 lo...
  • Katie Al-Akhras
    Jan 16, 2019
    I truly enjoy this book. It is a collection of short memoirs from Hollywood, and some political figures who grew up as third culture kids. Being born from immigrant parents and navigating their life as Americans. This book has made me appreciate how third culture children are so ad...
  • Beatrice
    Oct 23, 2018
    What a fitting collection of essays for 2018. Some essays were stronger than others. Despite that, I think all of the voices featured in this collection deserve to be heard. It is important to understand the American experience from ALL types of American voices. This is a book that hel...
  • Amanda Kingston
    Oct 28, 2018
    ?I think stories and songs come to us at different points in our lives. I will believe they are told and sung in different ways to reflect the mirror we need to look into. I carry many stories and songs.? ??? ?Under the description for the purpose of her visit are scrawle...
  • Sabina
    Oct 07, 2018
    I loved the diversity of stories in this one, reading about Native American reservations, Filipino trans pageants, Indian sari-inspired prom dresses, and everything in between. But these essays as a collection kind of let me down. The authors are all celebrities, but they aren?t all ...
  • Niamh
    Dec 19, 2018
    As a global nation, we are struggling to pull together the divides that threaten to separate us. As governments shut-down over so-called 'border security', as people turn their backs on allies and groups that have promised laws and rights to the most vulnerable, we need voices of hope ...
  • Gloria Mackay
    Dec 10, 2018
    Such an emotional journey for both the writers and the reader. ...
  • Shadowdenizen
    Oct 07, 2018
    This book is utterly compelling, and came at quite literally the perfect time in our American history. I think this is not only an IMPORTANT book, but a NEEDED one. As things begin to change and move forward in our country (hopefully for the better!), there will understandably be so...
  • Charity
    Nov 17, 2018
    One of the most effective small things we cis white people in the United States can do is to read other people's stories with curiosity, veracity, love, and gratitude. And do it over and over, for as long as we can read or listen. ...
  • Valyssia Leigh
    Jan 12, 2019
    An exceptionally relevant, beautiful book in this ignorant, paranoid climate of rabid nationalism. Do yourself a favor, take a break from their farcical dystopia and read this. ...
  • Nena
    Jan 11, 2019
    I laughed, cried, sympathized and emphasized with the stories. I love how candid the stories were. I wish some of the stories were their own books. I highly recommend this book, especially in today's politics. ...
  • Missy
    Jan 15, 2019
    Short story format. A bunch of famous people, and more that I didn't think I knew but actually did when it said what they've done, talk about how their individual cultures reflected on their experience growing up in America. Very insightful, and they all had varying experiences, so don...
  • Sachi Argabright
    Sep 28, 2018
    Please stop whatever you?re doing and buy this book! I knew it would be right up my alley, but this book greatly exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by most of the essays, and was able to relate so closely to their themes. As person of mixed race who was raised by a Japanese i...
  • Mallory
    Nov 08, 2018
    America Ferrera has put together an earnest, honest, powerful, and brilliant collection of personal essays and stories. 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...
  • Herman
    Oct 23, 2018
    We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in ? and we're stopping a lot of them ? but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level a...
  • Marisa
    Jan 08, 2019
    It?s difficult for me to rate this collection of stories written by authors who don?t write professionally. I appreciate their personal shares about the American experience and identify with the complexity of finding ?identity within the cracks of culture.? ...
  • Madeline O'Rourke
    Nov 05, 2018
    American Like Me is a wonderful collection of diverse stories centred around the mixing of cultures, oftentimes through immigration. 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; ...
  • Amanda
    Oct 11, 2018
    Not to be all "I couldn't put it down!" but I couldn't put it down. As a white, third-generation non-American, I definitely wasn't the target demographic, but there were still so many moments and emotions that rang true to my life and experiences. It gave me so much to think about rega...
  • Alexandra Council
    Nov 05, 2018
    ?American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures? takes a close look at personal stories from writers, actors and actresses, comedians, athletes, politicians and more, about life between cultures. Some of the 31 authors were born in the U.S., others came to the U.S. at 10 ye...
  • Elena
    Jan 12, 2019
    I loved this book. I have a biracial daughter and this opened my eyes to how she may view the world. On her Mexican side she is the first American - her dad let his visa expire - her grandmother came over undocumented. I want to teach her her Mexican culture, their traditions. We live ...
  • Alicia
    Nov 21, 2018
    I found my own unrepresented story intertwined in the stories told in the book. There were moments of levity among moments of pain and triumph. It was a good mix and it was exciting reading about people I personally admire that are not highlighted in the mainstream public (Carmen Carre...