It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art Review

In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the US literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy—through fiction.

Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

Title:It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Andrea

    I wanted to like this book so bad.  I was so excited when it was released.  A collection of fiction and art themed around a liberal and timely political message?  Yes, please.  My high expectation...

  • David Melbie

    Wholeness. Well-being. Strength. Freedom. Escape. Rescue. Refuge. Spectacular! My favorite was the poem, Hate for Sale, by Neil Gaiman....

  • Jason Robinson

    A powerful and accessible anthology of short stories, essays, and art collected by and sponsored by the ACLU in response to the first complete year of the Trump Administration. ...

  • Ella McCrystle

    This book is a direct result of the current President of the United States and the sheer terror that many feel since the election of 2016. The general idea seems to have been: gather up nearly every w...

  • Julia

    This is a collection of short stories, poetry, art, essays and graphic novel panels as a reaction to the election of Donald Trump. In just over three pages Mary Higgins Clark, who I don’t think I’...

  • Ben Truong

    It Occurs to Me That I Am American: New Stories and Art is an anthology of short stories, poetry, art, essays, cartoonist, and graphic novelists edited by Jonathan Santlofer with a forward written by ...

  • Jen

    So, I didn't read every page of this - I went through and looked at all of the art and appreciated it.I also read about 7 of the stories from my favorite authors. At that point I was so depressed I ha...

  • Lee

    This is a collection of short stories and art by noted American writers and artists who donated their royalties to the ACLU. Some stories are strong and very timely commentaries about the turn our gov...

  • kb

    Full disclosure: I did not listen to every story in this collection. I found myself dragging through around 20-30% into listening, and realized I didn't like one of the narrators. I started skipping t...

  • Bree Taylor

    An impromptu pick up at the library that took me MUCH longer to read than I thought it would.As with most anthologies, some of the stories were excellent. Others were just uninteresting. I was particu...