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American Like Me

Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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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
  • 28-09-2018

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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  • Katy F.
  • 09-03-2019

Not all chapters were narrated by the corresponding author

Really enjoyed the book. Was a bit disappointed that some of the chapter s weren’t read by the author. It made it confusing at times because some chapter authors were narrated by the corresponding author and then others were ready by some of the same people. It made me forget who’s story I was listening to.

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  • MariaElena Hege
  • 28-02-2019

A Must-Read!!

What a wonderful collection of American stories!!! I have told everyone I know about this book.
My only complaint, if I could, is that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s chapter was cut off :( I was really looking forward to hearing his contribution.

Congratulations and a big thank you to America Ferrera for putting this together!

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  • Alejandra
  • 10-02-2019

A must read

This was an amazing compilation of short stories. If you haven't read it you should.

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  • Heather
  • 29-01-2019

Fantastic!

The stories were absolutely fantastic, inspiring, and heartwarming. While the narrator's did a good job, I wish that more of the authors read their own stories.

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  • Crystal Chacon
  • 25-01-2019

Excellent,Inspiring book

Great Book, very inspiring and relatable. Beautifully written and read. Thought provoking and honest view of growing up american between cultures.

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  • Leilani V.
  • 15-01-2019

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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  • José Pedro Dias
  • 11-01-2019

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
  • 10-01-2019

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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  • laura
  • 08-01-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-2019

Exciting

Loved the book! Such exciting stories and experiences. Made me want to google every of characters!!!