Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Dear America

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 its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological stat...

Details Dear America

TitleDear America
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherDey Street Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Politics, Social Movements, Social Justice, Biography

Reviews Dear America

  • Mehrsa
    This book is at its best when it is an honest memoir, which is about 2/3rds of the book. He talks about the tensions in his Phillipino family between the "legal" and the "illegal" and then the shock when he finds out his greencard is fake. I wish people could understand when they talk about "illegals" that these are humans just like them. The later portion of the book was still good, but I wished he would stay with his own story as opposed to try...
  • Charlene
    Would recommend this book to everyone for insight into our current immigration crisis. Vargas's name was vaguely familiar to me as a journalist when I first saw notices about this book's upcoming publication. He "outed" himself as undocumented several years ago through a dramatic NYT article in 2011; he wrote a cover story on undocumented immigrants (including himself) in 2012. But book isn't about legalities or politics, it is Vargas's own stor...
  • Brad Bowman
    Utilizing his own experience, Vargas imbues discussions of displacement, residency, and identity with the utmost humanity. Most poignant are his reflections on his own belonging. “Trading a private life that was in limbo for a public life that is still in limbo...” (184) Vargas is most insightful when he’s looking inward and sharing his emotions of loss, losing, and being lost in his own American story.“Dear America” questions as much a...
  • Veronica
    This is a tough but necessary read. There's so much I didn't know about immigration and this shines light on some of that. For a nation made of immigrants, the US is currently making it difficult to continue to be such a nation. Can you imagine growing up and finding out you're here illegally and not having any recourse to really change that?
  • Jessica
    from my review submitted to Indie Next: The first thing you should know about this book is that it is not arsenal for current political debate. It is coincidentally a very timely memoir of a young Filipino boy sent to America as a child who remains unaware of his legal status until he became a teenager and attempted to get a driver's license. As he ages and continues to wrestle with what it means to be simultaneously American yet un-American, Var...
  • Brian Kovesci
    This book needs to be read."There comes a moment in each of our lives when we must confront the central truth in order for life to go on." (p. 110)
  • Dave
    If nothing else this remarkable and well written memoir serve to put a human face on the immigration issue in our nation. It is a quick and insightful read, that caused me to pause along the way and think hard about what it means to be an citizen of America. We are after all save for the Native Americans, and African Americans--- a country made up of immigrants. Some of have been fortunate enough to have our path to citizenship given to us by nat...
  • Lainey
    Book 114. Dear America by @joseiswriting. This familiar story is heartbreaking. Mixed status families is all too familiar to me. Hearing how someone offered to marry him was also a very familiar moment. So many people fail to understand how hard it is to become a citizen. How there is no line to get in for children who were brought here and did not know what was going on. How it is a privilege to never have to worry about your citizenship. Thank ...
  • Terra
    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy.
  • Cherie
    Advanced Reader’s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. “Dear America” is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas’ journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizenship can be, even for someone as well-connected as himself. “Why don’t you just become legal?” It’s the question at the heart of this book because it’s the muddie...
  • Georgette
    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country.
  • Serina
    A must read for anyone who is a resident of the U.S., anyone interested in the U.S, and anyone who wants to claim some sense of understanding of the U.S.'s political stance on immigration. Vargas provides a new perspective as an undocumented Filipino immigrant and as a member of the LGBTQA community.
  • John Garvin
    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I understand that it is an uncorrected proof of the book. But I have read a lot of galleys, and this one has a ridiculous amount of misspellings, wrong words, or incorre...
  • Erica Lynn
    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farmers and refugee population. After Trump was elected. I slowly saw the familiar faces of the seasonal workers in my hometown start to dwindle. Even in a progressive place...
  • Sharon
    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read.
  • Harriet
    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September.
  • Seth
    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences.
  • Lindsey
    **I received an ARC of this book from my local bookstore in exchange for a review.**Jose Antonio Vargas, author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was born in the Philippines. At age 12 his mother sent him to the United States to live with her parents. At sixteen Vargas discovers that his papers are fake. Still, decades later at the writing of this book, Vargas is still here illegally.In Dear America, Vargas chronicles his journey...
  • Kim
    "Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?"Most of us don't know what is happening in our name.This gorgeously written memoir is an important baby step towards Americans learning about our current deeply broken immigration system and the effects it has on our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and - in Jose's case - award-winning journalists. This book is a critical inspiration to getting us askin...
  • Christina
    I really loved this book at first. Vargas’s story of leaving his homeland for an uncertain future was moving. I also enjoyed reading about how he came to discover he was undocumented and about his second family. After he decided to “come out” as undocumented, I feel like things went downhill. Rather than a memoir, the book became a diatribe about America’s immigration policies, and he never offered a solution. Jose let his immigration sta...
  • Julián Gustavo Gómez
    As a formerly undocumented American, this book hit home in ways I didn’t know it would. I have heard Jose Antonio Vargas tell his story innumerable times over the last 7 years since he “came out” as undocumented publicly, but never like this. This book is not about politics, it’s about existing in a country with a government that only acknowledges you to remind you you’re not welcome if at all. This is not the story of all undocumented ...
  • Susan
    A must, must, must read! Much like Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, this book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, if you care anything about your fellow human, about social justice or about truth. Be prepared to feel despair and hope, disgust and admiration, sadness and joy as you read this book. I can’t wait to see Jose Antonio Vargas speak in person in October when my Library hosts him.
  • Aditi
    I just devoured Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas. It is the first book in a LONG time that I have read in one sitting. It is a book that should be part of the American cannon providing a clear and searing look at the impact our immigration system has on the lives of our neighbors.
  • Marissa
    An honest look at the life of one undocumented American and the challenges he faces. The tone and style matured over the course of the book, reflecting the author's age and understanding of his predicament. A very good read for teens.
  • Kit
    How do we fix this?
  • Geannie Bastian
    This was a quick read, but it didn't take long to break my heart.