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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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  • 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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The Essays were great!

The Essays were great! I enjoyed listening to the stories they shared. I hope we hear more stories from more people soon.

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amazing book!!

i loved it. it was brilliant and funny. could not stop listening to it and I'm going to listen to it again.

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beautifully done.

I loved this. Hearing other people perspectives from all kinds of backgrounds and cultures was wonderful.

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American like me

I grew up as a 3rd generation Mexican American. I was always labeled as Mexican by my american friends and as too american by my latio friends. this book reflects the many faces of immigration in America. Each of us has our own story!

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Really eye opening

I enjoyed this book alot. Hearing the stories of prominent figures from different cultural backgrounds really changed my perspective. Only negative is that I would of like to of heard theses celebs reading their own stories.

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perspective

I love to learn other people's stories to broaden my perspective. This was wonderful. Liza Koshy was hilarious. It really gave me a new way to look at things. So happy I chose this book.

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  • J. Moreno
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  • 10-23-18

The Value of our lives.

I identified with these stories as a first generation of immigrants who came looking for a better life for their families here in the US. The incredible value of those who arrive with little but hope and determination is what makes this country great. The whitewash ING of history regarding Native Americans should never be forgotten. This book reminds me of the best and worst in human nature and how we must strive always towards the best in our nature and inspire other to the same. Thank you for sharing your stories.

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The American dream still lives

I loved these stories. I teared up and laughed and was struck by the common theme of deep family love that can get people through the toughest struggles. If every American read this book, there would be more tolerance today.

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Amazing stories

Loved it! So many sacrifices were made to make a better life for their families.