Wednesday, September 19, 2018

From The Bookshelves: Dear America

Dear America

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is the new autobiography by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and America's most famous undocumented migrant Jose Antonio Vargas.

Jose describes the book as 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.

Time has an excerpt from the book and is is riveting. It describes the moment when Jose appeared on Fox News alongside a woman whose son was killed by an undocumented individual.

The woman, Laura Wilkerson, told Jose "It's up to you to get in line and become an American citizen." Jose responded "there is no line for be to get in the back of." But Wilkerson didn't listen, she repeated that Jose needed to get in line. At which point Jose writes: "I wanted to scream, over and over again: THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE!"

Jose will be doing a book tour. Here is a list of the dates and locations.


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