Dear America

by Vargas, Jose Antonio,

Format: Book on CD 2018
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Audiovisual Collection (CD) PN4874.V37 V37 2018cx
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  (CD) PN4874.V37 V37 2018cx
Upper St. Clair Township Library Audiobooks AUDIO-CD 305.569 VAR
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Audiobooks
Call Number  AUDIO-CD 305.569 VAR

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America," tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

"This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book--at it's core--is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can't. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom."

--Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* At the age of 12, Vargas was brought to the U.S. from the Philippines without papers, assisted by a "coyote," a term a Border Patrol agent explains to him as he is detained as an adult in McAllen, Texas. In this excruciatingly timely memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Vargas implements his strategy of radical transparency, purposefully laying out his undocumented status for the world to see. Although this book mimics a straightforward memoir, it is couched in questions vital for every reader's consideration: Who "deserves" citizenship? Why is migration considered historically courageous for white people but a crime for people of color? Like a cracked mirror, Vargas' story is splintered through a myriad of selves son, journalist, gay man, undocumented resident, advocate each sliver burnished by education and inspiration, courtesy in large part of the local library, where he soaks up American culture from E. L. Doctorow to Toni Morrison, becoming an American in every sense but the legal one. Vargas' frank and fearless voice thoughtfully and intentionally challenges readers to confront the call for action at the heart of this book: the urgent need for "a new language around migration and the meaning of citizenship."--Sara Martinez Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Vargas, Jose Antonio.
Noncitizens -- United States -- Biography.
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Filipino Americans -- Biography.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher [New York, New York] :HarperAudio,2018
Distributed by Blackstone Audio,
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Dear America :
Contributors Harper Audio (Firm), publisher.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., distributor.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Description 5 audio discs (6 hr.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781982552121
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