Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

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 traditio Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called ?the most famous undocumented immigran...

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Title:Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Author:Jose Antonio Vargas
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062851365
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Reviews

  • Charlene
    Jul 15, 2018
    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 a...
  • Lindsay
    Nov 24, 2018
    A very humanizing look at immigration and the US, as well as the psychological effects of living in fear. In terms of writing, some of the chapters were better than others, however I would recommend this to anyone. ...
  • Mehrsa
    Sep 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Ryan Mishap
    Nov 30, 2018
    A beautiful and searing memoir, confessional, and demand that reveals the pain caused by being undocumented; from being "othered" and treated as an outsider, an invader, as not a real American. Absolutely necessary for everyone to read--I'm sad that those in this country who hate o...
  • Laura
    Dec 02, 2018
    The best--and most harrowing--parts of this book were the most personal bits. Vargas writes matter-of-factly about life as an undocumented citizen, and it's all the ordinary things that undocumented people simply cannot take for granted that drives home how deep and far-reaching and li...
  • Karyl
    Oct 31, 2018
    I wanted to keep repeating: there is no line. I wanted to scream over and over again: THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! THERE IS NO LINE! (p. 154) I sit here writing this the day after President Trump stated he wants to get rid of birthright citizenship, in which babies born on...
  • Lindsey
    Sep 26, 2018
    **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 Va...
  • Dave
    Sep 24, 2018
    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 t...
  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Nov 27, 2018
    Vargas came to the US from the Philippines when he was 12, sent here by his mother to live with his grandparents and uncle. When he was 16, he found out that he was here illegally. Dear America is his account of what it has meant to have a country that you view as your home, where you ...
  • Brian Kovesci
    Jul 31, 2018
    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) ...
  • Sara
    Nov 05, 2018
    3.5 stars, rounded down because the last portion feels like Vargas lost his way and tried to be everything for everyone. His story is frustrating and sad and infuriating and you dont know whether to empathize with him (he had no hand in his arrival or his false papers) or excoriate ...
  • Jessica
    Aug 02, 2018
    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 h...
  • Veronica
    Aug 26, 2018
    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 il...
  • Georgette
    Sep 11, 2018
    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...
  • Shirley Freeman
    Aug 10, 2018
    Here's another book every American should read. Not because it will cause us all to be of one mind concerning immigration but because it will give us all a starting point for civil discourse. It is the story of one real person behind the statistics. Many folks who are more in tune with...
  • Becca
    Nov 01, 2018
    If you are a human being you should read this book. ...
  • Author Dawnette Brenner
    Oct 13, 2018
    Finished this one in two days! I couldn?t put it down. It was as if my mother were reading to me about her life, supporting all people. She truly did, marching with Cesar Chavez, working on farms, so did I. We were never ?too good? as ?white people!? This book though; amaz...
  • Justyna Burek
    Nov 14, 2018
    I desperately need everyone I know to read this. ...
  • Jessica
    Oct 17, 2018
    After all, if Americans could come and claim the Philippines, why can?t Filipinos move to America? This probably wouldn't have hit me as hard as it did if Vargas wasn't Filipino, but since he is, I saw so many of my loved ones in his story, from my mother and my countless aunties ...
  • Lainey
    Sep 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Barbara
    Oct 27, 2018
    Everyone should read this book. I grew up in El Paso, Texas, so "border issues" are woven into my personal history. That's why I shudder that fear-mongering is taking place today over immigration issues. I have known, loved and worked closely with DACA individuals--some of the fines...
  • Megan Lawson
    Oct 14, 2018
    Every single person in America should read this book. Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, his experiences, his how, and his why of being an undocumented citizen of the United States. If you want to change opinions, if you want to help people understand other cultures, other lives, ...
  • Marsha Dawson
    Oct 04, 2018
    Very readable book about immigration and the life of an undocumented immigrant. Coming to the U.S. at 12 years old from the Philippines Vargas tells how he learned to fit in be American. Very honest book. ...
  • Pauline
    Nov 21, 2018
    A fascinating story of an undocumented immigrant, one who came as a child, not even knowing his paperwork was fake until he tried to apply for a driver's license. A prize-winning journalist, Vargas is a good storyteller, and it is both enjoyable and educational reading, seeing how our ...
  • Megan Sanks
    Oct 22, 2018
    I loved how Vargas wrote this book and the pacing of the chapters. Also, I definitely cried during a particular airport scene. ...
  • Fred Slusher
    Oct 26, 2018
    Everyone in America should read this book! ...
  • Soo Yen
    Oct 28, 2018
    "As the decades have passed, their relationship, like my relationship with Mama, is mostly transactional, measured by the American products that we ship over to the Philippines and the U.S dollars that we provide that Mama can't live without. We think we can bury what we've lost under ...
  • Romi
    Oct 25, 2018
    A very well written and insightful book that?s just hard to put down. I haven?t read such a powerful book since I Am Malala and The Kite Runner. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about immigration issues in the USA. ...
  • Brad Bowman
    Sep 03, 2018
    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 ...
  • Serina
    Sep 01, 2018
    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 LG...