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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 (121 valutazioni)
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Sep 18, 2018
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9780062864611
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Nota del redattore

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.

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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

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Informazioni sull'autore

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)
    Disclosure: The author is a friend of my son. This brief book is the personal story of a young Filipino boy brought to the U.S. by his family who discovers he is undocumented just after Congress passed the immigration legislation that made being in the U.S. without documents a crime. Vargas describes his personal journey to a career first in journalism and then in activism, his efforts to change his status and why they have not worked for him. It is a gutsy book that describes a different kind of undocumented immigrant--from Asia, not Mexico or Central America; brought here as a child who later finds out he has believed untruths about himself. Vargas makes clear why the immigration debate is important--human lives are at stake--and why it is so complex and difficult to resolve.
  • (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)
    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!
  • (5/5)
    This book is fabulous! My only regret is waiting so long to read it.
  • (5/5)
    So personal and captivating. There were some many similarities between his immigration experiences and those I’ve heard from my parents & husband. He was truthful, he was courageous. Highly recommend.
  • (5/5)

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    Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is a very powerful memoir. He’s my age so references many events from high school/college that I remember well...except for him it was the time he learned that his grandfather who had come here legally from the Philippines had doctored papers so Jose could make it here. He’s struggled in a limbo and self-doubt ever since. His story is also about the many people (teachers, friends parents, coworkers) to become a successful journalist despite his status. It’s a fast and powerful read that I highly recommend.

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  • (5/5)

    1 persona l'ha trovata utile

    Well-written and documented that is relatable from any undocumented citizen of this land. Indeed, every word is felt let alone the purpose is clear and well-portrayed. Another literary masterpiece that is honest and unabashed. Well done!

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    What a brave and uplifting book! I am so glad I read this.

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  • (2/5)
    I gave up on "Dear America" only after completing about seventy percent of the book. This may be the only book that I read that far through without finishing, so it's one that I'll remember, even if it's only for that reason. So why did I quit on it?Going in, I figured it would offer a heartfelt defense of immigration into this country, especially of the illegal variety, a defense that would, based upon the author's personal experiences, be an understandably one-sided view. That would not - and did not- bother me at all. But I was hoping that if Vargas even bothered to mention that there was another point of view, that he would treat it and those who held it with at least a tiny bit of respect. Instead, Vargas tore into Trump, those who voted for him, and conservatives in general with a dismissive, bigoted, and cruel ferocity that caused me to lose all respect and patience both for him and his little book.Sorry, Mr. Vargas. You had me convinced of your argument for over half the book - then you blew it with your petty attack on anyone who dares question your view of the issue. (And honestly, folks, the book is not particularly well written in the first place - it reads more like a Young Adult book than something meant for adults.)