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Publisher's Summary

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 31 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.

Full cast of narrators includes: America Ferrera, Bambadjan Bamba, Joy Cho, Auli'I Cravalho, Tim Chiou, Janina Edwards, Jennifer Ikeda, Lameece Issaq, Eugene Kim, Jennifer Lim, Sunil Malhotra, Ramón De Ocampo, Roxana Ortega, Geena Rocero, Martin Sensmeier, Heather Alicia Simms, Neela Vaswani, and Tanaya Winder. 

©2018 America Ferrera (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"[America] Ferrera is confident, articulate, and measured as she tells of losing her first love to a blonde, blue-eyed classmate.... An equally talented cast of narrators candidly delivers the disappointments of childhood, encounters with discrimination, and growing awareness of the world.... This is an audiobook to savor." (AudioFile)

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  • J
  • 09-28-18

Just like me

These collective stories really make you think of where you come from. It makes you pick up the phone to call your parents or grand parent, anyone who is significant in your life to start the conversation of where you come from.

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Full Spectrum of Stories

The diversity and beauty of cultures is so rich in this book. Ms. America Ferrera has been promoted from one of my favorite actresses to one of my favorite storytellers, as well 😊

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Many visions of living in the US

Besides America Ferrara's intro and conclusion, the book is a set of testimonies. I thoroughly enjoyed some of them, others not so much. Would maybe benefit from some structure. Refreshing nonetheless

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  • yvette
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  • 01-10-19

Love the stories.

Was hoping to hear the actual voice of each person featured in the cover, especially Wilmer ❤ Love the stories.

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amazing collection of stories of immigrants!

America adds her family's immigration story to others with varying degrees of detail. write another!

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AMAZING!!!!

I LOVED IT, AMAZED, WOW, SOMETHING FRESH AND I FELT IT WAS ME IN PARTS

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Loved it

I loved it! All such interesting stories. Different and unique yet familiar at the same time

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A must read/listen!

A compilation of stories from multiple ethnic backgrounds, all told with vigor and grit. Finally a book that is relatable sharing the struggles and hardships overcome by family and oneself. Thank you to all who shared their stories with us.

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Great stories

Loved the actual stories. The narrators were all great, but it would have been better if each story was read by its writer. It started to get weird hearing the 4th story by the same voice when it was written in first person.

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diverse and reflective

As a first generation immigrant, i appreciated and connected to a lot of the stories in this book. Living across cultures and learning what it means to be American, only to find out that America is me. The many voices were well compiled and provided much needed reflection, wonder and clarity on what it means to be American in the year 2018. Thank you America!