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

  • 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...
  • Sharlene
    Apr 28, 2019
    I listened to this one and it was such a great audiobook. The different chapters were narrated by the writers themselves. And what a wonderfully diverse group of essay writers! I love that they were from so many different ethnicities and cultures and backgrounds. These are not just peo...
  • 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. ...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Apr 21, 2019
    It took me a while to finish this one, but it was worth it! America Ferrera (from the show Ugly Betty) got 31 of her famous peers to share what their lives are like when you ?live between cultures.? Each of these famous people?athletes, comedians, artists, writers, and more?sha...
  • Kristin
    Apr 03, 2019
    Fascinating life stories told by first generation citizens of the USA. Many of them are famous and I hadn?t known some of their experiences before reading this book. A really well done book that gives me hope for the future. ...
  • Julie Suzanne
    May 29, 2019
    The first half was pretty boring, and I had to realize that these pretty interesting cultural remembrances were written by famous people, not necessarily by writers. For the first half of the book, it felt like I was reading a dozen college entrance essays, one after another, and I was...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    Feb 13, 2019
    I really have enjoyed all the essays about growing up in America. All the authors came at it from a different angle, but there were a lot of common themes, and most of them grew up in the 80s and 90s like I did so there was a lot of fun nostalgia sprinkled throughout. It's heartbreakin...
  • sara
    Feb 12, 2019
    I have been really busy with school lately and am so thankful to have books, to escape and take a break from all of the work I have to do. ... I got to say that I really enjoyed this book in that it gave me different perspectives in what it is like to be an American. I got to learn a...
  • Melissa
    Jun 09, 2019
    I really loved this collection. Such a great mix of stories from immigrants from all corners of the globe who came here, and just how hard, wonderful, and confusing that experience can be. It?s a great reminder of what truly makes America Great, it is and always has been this inf...
  • 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
    Apr 05, 2019
    The most important part for me in this was that each story had some component that rang true to my own lived experience, my own times along the boundaries of what make me American, and it is always going to come back to the variety of components that make up this life. full review:...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Roseanna
    Feb 12, 2019
    A FANTASTIC book that contains so many of our stories. A highly recommended read for ALL Americans!! ...
  • 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
    Dec 10, 2018
    Such an emotional journey for both the writers and the reader. ...
  • Raegan
    Jul 24, 2019
    I cannot begin to express what this book meant to me. I am still weeping as I type this and I think I need to sit in this and process a bit more before I write a true review. A must read. *updated review* In a time where a president tells our own government elected officials ...
  • 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. ...
  • Ying
    Jan 30, 2019
    I'm glad we're living in an era of contradictions. Awareness of immigrant stories is at an all time high, but in certain places tensions between immigrants and non-immigrants are also at an all time high. I've enjoyed reading and listening to people's experiences over the past year. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Nancy
    May 29, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook of American Like Me. This was a timely and well presented collection of essays that looked at the immigration experience in the United States. The diverse contributors reflected immigrants, first generation Americans and the grandchildren of immigrants a...
  • 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...
  • 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; ...
  • Lillian
    Apr 02, 2019
    I liked this book because I was able to relate to it. Both my parents are immigrants and I am first generation US born. That being said, I think it?s a good book for anyone to read. I liked that all of the people who contributed to this book were so different ie politicians, athl...