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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 thirty-one 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.

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"Readers will come for the big names, but they''ll stay for the powerful stories, excellent writing, and feeling of connection. An absolute must for well-rounded collections."
Library Journal (starred review)

“[T]his beautifully woven collection of memoir essays... gifts readers with intimate glimpses of contributors'' private lives, rife with admiration for immigrant parents and pride in cultural backgrounds, along with the frustration and anguish that come with feeling like an outsider in their own country.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Heartfelt essays from vibrant American voices.”
Kirkus Reviews

"You know some of the writers already (hello, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Issa Rae), but their voices give powerful insight into the lived experiences of so many." 
Glamour

“The essays are heartfelt reminders that our country has been great for a while now.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

"Wide-ranging and heartfelt, this timely collection is quintessentially American."
Book Riot

“[T]he essays paint a moving portrait of diversity and belonging.”
PEOPLE Magazine

"Filled with gems. … From some of the biggest stars in art and entertainment come funny, touching and complicated reminders that the word ‘American’ is wonderfully and endlessly undefinable." 
—USA Today

"In a timely and compelling discussion, Olympic athletes, politicians, writers and actors reflect on their varying heritage and American identity."
Shelf Awareness

"Even though this anthology speaks to the American experience, the themes of belonging and identity will hit home for anyone who’s ever felt torn between two cultures or two places equally dear to them."
Esquire.com

" American Like Me by America Ferrera gives people who live between cultures the confidence to embrace their background while overcoming feelings of being left out or disconnected... Serving up a strong dose of nostalgia, this book will make you cherish your childhood."  US Weekly

About the Author

America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy,  Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy,  Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights and was the opening speaker at the monumental Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Ferrera resides in New York and Los Angeles with her husband Ryan, their son Sebastian, and their two golden retrievers.

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LJ
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A beautiful collection of stories
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
I just received this book yesterday and am only a few chapters in, but I cannot put it down! As a woman who has questioned her own culture identity for years, America''s introduction resonated deeply with me. With each story that follows, I continue to be engaged by the... See more
I just received this book yesterday and am only a few chapters in, but I cannot put it down! As a woman who has questioned her own culture identity for years, America''s introduction resonated deeply with me. With each story that follows, I continue to be engaged by the lessons, hardships and knowledge the contributors have experienced throughout their own cultural journeys here in the US. This is an eye-opening, must read!
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Steven S. Poe
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Good spread of cultures, but lacks much depth.
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
The basic concept and results of this effort were commendable. However, unless you are "tuned in" to current popular culture personalities, you are left wondering who most of these contributors are. The photos of their childhood did not help, in most instances, to... See more
The basic concept and results of this effort were commendable. However, unless you are "tuned in" to current popular culture personalities, you are left wondering who most of these contributors are. The photos of their childhood did not help, in most instances, to determine their current status in pop culture. The childhood recollections were valuable, but many lacked other experiences related to their struggles. I congratulate America Ferrara for the wide variety of ethnicities represented, but I was hoping for a bit more insight. I''m sure developing these essays was no easy task for those chosen representatives.
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GiovanniGF
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Earnest but inadequate
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
It’s hard to give a book of earnest essays about overcoming adversity a negative review, but much of the writing was amateurish and the messages trite (the big exception being Jenny Zhang''s hilarious story about her family''s obsession with Sizzler). I confess... See more
It’s hard to give a book of earnest essays about overcoming adversity a negative review, but much of the writing was amateurish and the messages trite (the big exception being Jenny Zhang''s hilarious story about her family''s obsession with Sizzler).

I confess that I only made it halfway through the book before I gave up, so maybe there are more gems to be found if you have the patience.
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Eric
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Highly enjoyable!
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2019
There isn''t enough literature out there that talks about what it is like to live between two cultures. This book has a variety of different essays from entertainers, comedians, and other famous individuals on fitting into the American culture and keeping their ties to their... See more
There isn''t enough literature out there that talks about what it is like to live between two cultures. This book has a variety of different essays from entertainers, comedians, and other famous individuals on fitting into the American culture and keeping their ties to their backgrounds. Within all of the essays, there is a common theme of being proud of who you are and where you came from. Highly recommend reading, some of the essays are light and short reads.
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Fellow soldier
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Nice, but..
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019
it doesn''t go very deep into most of the stories. It felt very surface level and some were very interesting, others were a bit boring. Part of my problem may be that we read this for book club, so I read them all at once. This book may be better enjoyed little by little.
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MDZ
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American like me
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
It was refreshing to read the stories of so many Americans whose life experiences are so relatable to plenty of us stuck between cultures
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Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2019
We have an Access and Diversity group and safe space at school where there are DVDs and books available for viewing and sharing. This was a great addition to the library. Thank you!
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Anne R.
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A celebration of American diversity!
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
This timely book includes key life stories of prominent contemporary Americans of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. Each personal account tells how the individual overcame the experience of "apartness" to eventually contribute to the unfolding story of American life.
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dawnlabarre
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Important Stories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2018
We are all so very different and just the same. It''s good to be reminded that each person''s experience is a human experience that we can all relate to. I''m happy to read these stories even the difficult ones. We gain in understanding and compassion by hearing each other.
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D. D. Pianta
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Great read, will also make a good present!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2018
Great stories, very informative. Easy read, highly recommend if you really want to know more about life in the US.
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Paid for new book, received damaged/used copy
Reviewed in Canada on January 31, 2019
The book itself is wonderful, but I paid over $30 for a new copy and it''s obviously used. The spine is ripped and crushed and there are stains inside on the pages and under the dust jacket.
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