American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures Review

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.

Title:American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

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  • Sachi Argabright

    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 rel...

  • Amanda Pea

    “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 Texa...

  • Krissy

    I laughed, I cried!...

  • T

    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)!Res...

  • Shadowdenizen

    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 f...

  • Charity

    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 ...

  • Madeline O'Rourke

    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...

  • Mallory

    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 rad...

  • Jacqueline

    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 carri...

  • Gloria Mackay

    Such an emotional journey for both the writers and the reader. ...