American Like Me by America Ferrera

American Like Me

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 tamale...

Details American Like Me

TitleAmerican Like Me
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Short Stories, Audiobook

Reviews American Like Me

  • Sachi Argabright
    Please stop whatever you’re doing and buy this book! I knew it would be right up my alley, but this book greatly exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by most of the essays, and was able to relate so closely to their themes. As person of mixed race who was raised by a Japanese immigrant, I was so pleased to see so many of my experiences reflected on the pages of this book. There were so many little things that resonated with me too such as...
  • Amanda Peña
    “But what ARE you?!”As someone who’s grown up, especially as a child, not knowing exactly what to tell people when they ask where I’m from after I say, “Here?” or “My family is from Texas, they’ve always been from Texas..” I’m just American, right? “But you look Mexican!” Do I?This book showcases pretty heartwarming accounts about what its like growing up in America and not always feeling American, and learning to love you...
  • Krissy
    I laughed, I cried!
  • Shadowdenizen
    This book is utterly compelling, and came at quite literally the perfect time in our American history. I think this is not only an IMPORTANT book, but a NEEDED one.As things begin to change and move forward in our country (hopefully for the better!), there will understandably be some resistance: change can be frightening. But we can't let that small minority paralyze the rest of us.I think this book will stand the test of time, and hopefully will...
  • T
    Phenomenal collection of vignettes from children of immigrants that are at turns familiar and fresh, rib-tickling and eye-opening. Highly recommend. America: yes, denied sleepovers (but justly so)!Reshma: yes, denied custom name keychains! Glad she didn’t change her name when she entered politics. Honestly, if there is a ballot with names I don’t know on an issue I don’t care about, I vote for the foreign name first, woman second, then just...
  • Madeline O'Rourke
    American Like Me is a wonderful collection of diverse stories centred around the mixing of cultures, oftentimes through immigration.I really was impressed by the variety of authors. Though they're all famous in some way, there are actors, singers, politicians, activists, and more; and on top of that, they all come from a variety of cultural backgrounds—including some Native Americans, which I thought was cool. Amongst the essays, there's a lot ...
  • Charity
    One of the most effective small things we cis white people in the United States can do is to read other people's stories with curiosity, veracity, love, and gratitude. And do it over and over, for as long as we can read or listen.
  • Jacqueline
    I haven’t written a review in a while, but I’m in tears and this book was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.Every single essay in this compilation is incredibly important and carries so much power with it. I never wanted it to end. Please, please go get a copy!
  • Mallory
    America Ferrera has put together an earnest, honest, powerful, and brilliant collection of personal essays and stories. I am not sure a book has ever filled my heart so much. So much hope. So much radical love. So much pride in what being an American can mean. So much appreciation of the differences that make up our collective we, and the strength it gives us all as individuals when we come together as a community to share those differences.
  • Herman
    We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we're stopping a lot of them — but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals. And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's...
  • Alexandra Council
    “American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures” takes a close look at personal stories from writers, actors and actresses, comedians, athletes, politicians and more, about life between cultures. Some of the 31 authors were born in the U.S., others came to the U.S. at 10 years old, and others had multiple generations before them as U.S. citizens. But each of these authors share some semblance of one thing: trying to find themselves in...
  • Abby Johnson
    This collection features essays from many different Americans across many different cultures and identities. It includes actors and actresses as well as sports figures, authors, activists, and more. Topics vary from serious to lighthearted, so there's something for everyone here. I wish it had been published in a smaller format - the large format seems unnecessarily to me and I think it'd have a greater chance at teen crossover appeal if it had t...
  • Amanda Kingston
    “I think stories and songs come to us at different points in our lives. I will believe they are told and sung in different ways to reflect the mirror we need to look into. I carry many stories and songs.”•••“Under the description for the purpose of her visit are scrawled the words: to live.”•••This is a must-read, a collection of 32 short essays of living between cultures in America, that will make you laugh and also ugly-cry ...
  • Beatrice
    What a fitting collection of essays for 2018. Some essays were stronger than others. Despite that, I think all of the voices featured in this collection deserve to be heard. It is important to understand the American experience from ALL types of American voices. This is a book that helps steer a more empathetic conversation about what it means to be an American.
  • Kate
    A beautiful book that I look forward to having on my own shelves and watching my between-cultures girls discover as they get older. All the essays moved me, but particularly Tanaya Winder and Martin Sensmeier (both writing from a Native perspective), and Uzo Aduba (a Nigerian-American).
  • Alicia
    I found my own unrepresented story intertwined in the stories told in the book. There were moments of levity among moments of pain and triumph. It was a good mix and it was exciting reading about people I personally admire that are not highlighted in the mainstream public (Carmen Carrera).
  • Audi Chastain
    I loved this book so much I’m sad I finished. Incredible.
  • Punam Sachdev
    Shed a few tears reading this book. Wish I had reflected more on the various immigrant/child of immigrants experiences as I was growing up...didn’t realize until much later how we were all writing our own chapters for ourselves and the next generation...and how different families added their own unique tales with experiences so different from yet so similar to my own. Thank you, America Ferrara for putting this together 🙏🏾
  • Meg Marie
    So many great perspectives and touching, sometimes funny stories. It's a great collection of voices and a reminder of who this country can be.
  • Randy
    I love the IDEA of this book. In practice, many of the pieces are beautifully rendered and emotionally rich, but too many are just not very well written which affects their message. I think I may have enjoyed this book better in audiobook form or if I read it over a longer period of time (like 1 essay per week). Spoiler: America Ferrera is amazing.
  • Ruby
    "I invited my friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories in this book so that we might build community; so that we could ientify our whole selves within a larger culture that tends to leave important pieces of our stories out; so that our voices would amplify one another's as we declare who we actually are. We are kids with no key chains, daughters carrying history in the gaps of our teeth. We are the sons of parents who don't speak of the...
  • Victoria
    This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wow, I love this book. It's a collection of essays edited by America Ferrera about living between cultures. The essays are written by activists, actors, politicians, writers, and so many others. This book had so many diverse stories; not only were the essa...
  • Emily
    It's odd, these days, to encounter writing that is so un-cynical about America. With rare exceptions, the stories in this book are overwhelmingly positive - story after story expressing gratitude towards hardworking immigrant parents, telling of success despite the odds, people living their dreams. This feels like a young adult book, an impression that is strengthened by the photos of the contributors as children. It's not a bad thing, although I...
  • Helen
    I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway (my first win!) and I am so thankful for it because this book of essays was amazing. As someone who also identifies as being "in between cultures", I enjoyed all the various essays that allowed me to take a glimpse into the lives of others that were similar to me. Similar in that regardless of where you or your parents came from, we all have stories about our culture and experiences as an Americ...
  • Chris
    4.5In such a divided state of affairs that the country is in right now, this collection of essays (and amazing women like America Ferrera) gives me the hope that we as Americans are still capable to change. Can strive for better and can eliminate hate and fear. I learned so much from the vast array of contributors about their culture growing up- why they felt they couldn’t truly be who they were and at the same time, be American- as well as the...
  • Barbara Tarnay
    I wasn't sure what the tone of this book would be given the deep divide in our country. I was very pleased that the tone of the essays were very positive. I think most Americans faced some them vs us at the time of immigration, regardless of when they immigrated. Sadly, many people forgot what it was like to be the new kid on the block leaving a not great situation in their homeland to move to a land with endless possibilities but no guarantees. ...
  • Jess
    I read this in bits and pieces in between other things and while working as an elections official, during some rare periods of down time. It's a marvelous collection of very interesting stories from a wide variety of people, and I recommend it for every American to read - especially those without much experience outside of what one could call a "typical" white, sheltered upbringing in this country.Representation matters. This book is an essential...
  • Kate
    A really interesting book of essays about the immigrant (or child of immigrants) experience in America as told by a lot of famous, successful people. It also includes the voices of natives who are treated like immigrants even though they were here before Columbus. Many of essays are also written by people who will be recognized by a lot of people all over the US, such as America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef), Kal Penn (Harold and...
  • Michelle Ahronovitz
    I didn’t expect to identify with this anthology as much as I did. Growing up, the fact that I have light skin made me feel like I couldn’t identify at Latinx or that I had to explain my dad’s background to explain why i was so pale. The fact that I understand Spanish and can speak it conversationally, but not fluently only reiterated to me the fact that, in my mind, I was only allowed to identify as white, even though I grew up watching tel...