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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen


Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

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4.5/5 (150 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
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Released:
Sep 18, 2018
ISBN:
9780062864611
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Editor's Note

Insightful and illuminating…

“Dear America” describes both the often misunderstood complexities of undocumented immigration and Jose Antonio Vargas’ experience as one of the most prominent undocumented immigrants. In its best moments, the book is a poignant story of finding a place to belong, and how you can define your own sense of self without a home to anchor to.

Description

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

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 18, 2018
ISBN:
9780062864611
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. His work has appeared internationally in Time magazine, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post. In 2014, he received the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. An elementary school named after him will open in his hometown of Mountain View, California in 2019. 



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  • (5/5)
    I couldn't stop listening. Jose's narrative and journey through our immigration process reminded me of wounds it can leave on entire families as they try so desperately to reunite/live in the land of the free.

    This is a must read for anyone who's willing to listen to and understand the lengths people go through to earn their place in America.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of the best book I’ve ever read.
  • (5/5)
    Really accessibly written. Candidly tackled intersecting topics which are at once personal, political and systemic.
  • (5/5)
    Heartbreaking , inspiring and informative. I've been wanting to pick this book up since 2018 and it was even better hearing it read in Vargas' voice. Unforgettable introspection into the nuances of life of an undocumented citizen including their hopes and fears. I appreciate how deep he went to explain all the good and scary points in his life up until this book with historical context of the United States immigration policies.
  • (5/5)
    Extremely impactful. Made me cry many times. If you want to understand undocumented immigrants struggles this book will help you start that process.
  • (5/5)
    A moving novel, written and narrated by Jose Antonio Vargas. I did not want to stop listening to him and reading his story. Very informative, interesting, pertinent, and a must-read/listen to!