October 1, 2018

BOOK OF THE MONTH: AMERICAN LIKE ME BY AMERICA FERRERA



Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster

“I believe that culture shapes identity and defines possibility; that it teaches us who we are, what to believe, and how to dream.  We should all be able to look at the world around us and see a reflection of our true live experiences.  Until then, the American story will never be complete.”  -- America Ferrera




Inspiring.  Courageous. Amazing.  

Once again, actress and activist America Ferrera has brought together a diverse group of individuals who straddle two or more cultures to bring us a wonderful collection of personal experiences that attempt to answer the question of “what kind of American am I?”  

Contributors to this anthology -- AMERICAN LIKE ME: Reflections on Life Between Cultures --  include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laurie Hernandez, Diane Guerrero, Carmen Perez, Carmen Carrera, Randall Park, Michelle Kwan, Padma Lakshmi, etc.

Many readers will see themselves reflected in these stories, but note that these are not immigrant stories, these are American stories.  These are stories that make up the heart of this country for we are ALL part of the Great American Narrative, and that is what makes America great.


Book summary:  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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights and was the opening speaker at the monumental Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Ferrera resides in New York and Los Angeles with her husband Ryan, their son Sebastian, and their two golden retrievers.  Check out her latest Tweets at @AmericaFerrera.




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