American Like Me by America Ferrera

This conversational collection of essays is great reading or listening. In American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures (2018), 32 authors share their personal experiences growing up in America as 1st or 2nd generation Americans. Some vignettes cover a specific childhood incident; others reflecting, as the children of immigrants, on their parents’ choices; still others speak on current matters. You don’t need to be familiar with each writer—a variety of actors, athletes, activists, musicians, and writers—to appreciate their stories. Michelle Kwan, Uzo Aduba, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Auli’I Cravalho’s stories particularly resonated with me. But that’s the beauty of a collection—each reader will have those that will resonate more than others. These heartwarming, moving, and candid stories were edited by America Ferrera.

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