It Occurs to Me That I Am America by Jonathan Santlofer

It Occurs to Me That I Am America

In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.When ...


Details It Occurs to Me That I Am America

TitleIt Occurs to Me That I Am America
ISBN9781501179600
Author
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Writing, Essays, Art, Anthologies, Politics
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Reviews It Occurs to Me That I Am America

  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    I wanted to like this book so bad.  I was so excited when it was released.  A collection of fiction and art themed around a liberal and timely political message?  Yes, please.  My high expectations were affirmed as I began reading an inspired introduction from Viet Thanh Nguyen, who remarks: "Rather than making America great again, we should help America love again."But as I continued reading, my expectations for enjoying each story decreased...
  • Patricia
    1970-01-01
    I appreciated many of the thoughtful stories in this collection. My very favorite was a short piece by Alice Walker titled "Don't Despair."
  • Dorothy
    1970-01-01
    I'm astonished that more people did not like this book as much as I did. The title is a line borrowed from a poem by Allan Ginsberg. The book is an anthology of prose and art by some of America's best writers and artists. It was put together shortly after the election of Donald Trump as a means of reminding both Americans and the world that democracy and liberal attitudes still exist in the USA in spite of the election results. Some of the storie...
  • Veronica Rivera
    1970-01-01
    This book is a hodgepodge of all kinds of American writers that reflect what America is today a melting pot of several cultures that call America home. This book was published at the year mark of the current administration in Washington and reflects points of view and stories along with photography from American writers across the country. Some of the names are well known and some not as known but have writing accolades and awards.Recommendation ...
  • David Melbie
    1970-01-01
    Wholeness. Well-being. Strength. Freedom. Escape. Rescue. Refuge. Spectacular! My favorite was the poem, Hate for Sale, by Neil Gaiman.
  • Jason Robinson
    1970-01-01
    A powerful and accessible anthology of short stories, essays, and art collected by and sponsored by the ACLU in response to the first complete year of the Trump Administration.
  • Ella
    1970-01-01
    This book is a direct result of the current President of the United States and the sheer terror that many feel since the election of 2016. The general idea seems to have been: gather up nearly every writer in the US, ask them to write short fiction, put it all in a big Coffee Table anthology, add visual art and cartoons from American artists, and do it all for a good cause. In this case the cause is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.)So, i...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    This is a collection of short stories, poetry, art, essays and graphic novel panels as a reaction to the election of Donald Trump. In just over three pages Mary Higgins Clark, who I don’t think I’ve ever read, writes about a 92 year- old veteran of World War II watching a Veterans Day parade and remembering his twin. So much character in so few words! “Intersection” by Mark Di Ionno is about a criminal defense attorney defending a Dreamer...
  • Ben Truong
    1970-01-01
    It Occurs to Me That I Am American: New Stories and Art is an anthology of short stories, poetry, art, essays, cartoonist, and graphic novelists edited by Jonathan Santlofer with a forward written by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This anthology came about shortly after Donald Trump has taken the office of the President of the United States. His early policies had banded together America's leading writers and artist together to resist the current administrat...
  • Cathryn Conroy
    1970-01-01
    This impressive collection of short stories, essays, poetry and art was compiled as a liberal reaction to Donald Trump's presidency and what many perceive to be a slow eroding of our American rights. It is a literary act of resistance! Some top names in American literature participated, including Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Russo, Alice Hoffman, Paul Theroux, Elizabeth Strout, Joyce Maynard and Alice Walker to name only a few.Many of these short s...
  • Tracy St Claire
    1970-01-01
    I am glad to see a volume that gives all the proceeds to the ACLU, with writers supports its work donating their entries. I wish I bought this retail now, instead of library-borrowing.The entries were varied in quality as you can expect, but most were top notch as all the entries were from top writers and award winners. I loved the story by Joyce Carol Oates, but though that Lee Child and Neil Gaiman both phoned in their story/poem. They lent mos...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    So, I didn't read every page of this - I went through and looked at all of the art and appreciated it.I also read about 7 of the stories from my favorite authors. At that point I was so depressed I had to stop. I understand the purpose of this and it is a beautiful book both content and presentation. However, I am currently feeling like that cartoon that says I am balancing my staying informed and staying sane. I love that lots of artists are com...
  • Lee
    1970-01-01
    This is a collection of short stories and art by noted American writers and artists who donated their royalties to the ACLU. Some stories are strong and very timely commentaries about the turn our government has taken since 1/20/17, about challenges to the rights of women, immigrants, and people of color. Others didn't hold my interest, but with about 30 pieces, you can treat this book like a sampler and pick and choose at will.I found the art le...
  • kb
    1970-01-01
    Full disclosure: I did not listen to every story in this collection. I found myself dragging through around 20-30% into listening, and realized I didn't like one of the narrators. I started skipping through and listened to stories by authors I knew/was more interested in. Overall, this is a good collection of essays/stories/poems, with a really great thematic undertone/current events. I just couldn't really follow or get into it. I think it might...
  • Tracey Gemmell
    1970-01-01
    A lovely cover and illustrations make you comfortable leaving this on the coffee table for a while. Then you start to read and, of course, are reminded of the current political situation and the reason for this collection's existence. Your shame may see you placing the book on a dark shelf after all. It's not a book you read cover-to-cover in one session. You need too many breaks to wring your hands and shake your sorrowful head. Neil Gaiman's po...
  • Bree Taylor
    1970-01-01
    An impromptu pick up at the library that took me MUCH longer to read than I thought it would.As with most anthologies, some of the stories were excellent. Others were just uninteresting. I was particularly moved by a number of stories that will stay with me for life - because of the interesting twist at the end. I was particularly unmoved by stories that seemed trite or had a "been there done that" quality.Four stars because some of the stories t...
  • Deborah
    1970-01-01
    Eclectic mix of authors and artists donating their words and art to this anthology. Not all is politically-focused; some is merely the representation of different cultural experiences that feed into America. As with any broad collection, some stories are more engaging than others, but the unique viewpoints are so important to include. Love that this is created with proceeds towards ACLU, an organization that is more important than ever.
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    This is a lovely collection— a group of smart and talented artists responding to a dark moment in our collective history. Lots of pieces worth reading, but I was especially struck by Elinor Lipman’s memories of death-camp survivors who came to America, Richard Russo’s fine acount of his working-class dad, and Paul Theroux’s lovely story of learning to identify with the people who work at the Stop ‘n’ Shop, rather than those who manage...
  • Carla
    1970-01-01
    I had mixed feelings about this book. Mark Di Ionno's Intersections was outstanding! It was a tender heart-wrenching story that I'll remember for a long time. I was inspired by Vietnam Thanh Nguyen's introduction and Ha Jin's Finally I am an American at Heart. A few of the rest were OK, but many were depressing or disturbing or just plain puzzling to me. I am happy that any proceeds will go to the ACLU.
  • Gail
    1970-01-01
    I read some of this collection; the stories I read were pretty good, so I might pick the book up again in the future to finish it. Also, there was some interesting art to look at. All in all, I guess I'd give it a "thumbs up" for other readers. (The date I entered below for "date finished" was the last date I read some of the material.)
  • Kirsten
    1970-01-01
    We get it, you hate Trump. Wow, there are a lot of angry, disturbed people in the US. Not all the stories are political, but enough are that I almost didn't finish this. Two star rating, because I actually did like a few of the stories.
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    Interesting book and some stories are spot on. There were a couple of stories that I could not relate to the book's purpose however this was probably me and my understanding rather then those stories in relation to the contents of the book.
  • H. Dair Brown
    1970-01-01
    Full disclosure: I cherry-picked the authors I wanted to read in this one. It’s a nice mix of essays and fiction and art. Definitely on the bleak/frustrated side, but it’ll make you think and a low hum of hope can be heard under the words and images.
  • Joann
    1970-01-01
    Really a 3.5. I enjoyed it.
  • MELISSIA LENOX
    1970-01-01
    A salute to all of the beauty, love, knowledge, and grace bequeathed to those who value the lives and futures of all humans. To be human is to be vastly different and yet, the same.
  • Patti
    1970-01-01
    Good stories from authors well known and unknown to me. A timely read. Reading Together We Rise about the Woman’s March history.
  • Jim Flores
    1970-01-01
    Great stories and taht of Julia alvarez, DiIonno and Ha Jin particularly stand out.
  • Luci
    1970-01-01
    While I agree politically with the sentiments of the book, very few of the stories were very good. I liked some of the cartoons but as a work of literature, this fell a little flat for me.
  • Haines
    1970-01-01
    Some really strange stories.
  • Karen Norbut McElhany
    1970-01-01
    America's idenity is broad and narrow, full of promise and sadness. It is captured in the anthology of short stories and art for our Trump times, the past and future. Well woth the read.