Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

by Jose Antonio Vargas


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“This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American.”  —Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.” —Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins

“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the What andThe Monk of Mokha

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 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.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.”

—Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062851345
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 28,269
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. His work has appeared internationally in Time magazine, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post. In 2014, he received the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. An elementary school named after him will open in his hometown of Mountain View, California in 2019. 

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for prepared readers, they must posses a wide vision and knowledge, otherwise, it will be a book taken as a novel and it is not, expecting a final :) The previous reviewer on this page, did not posses suck skills and therefore, defined the book the way he did. Immigration was originated by natural forces but the reason of immigration has been manipulated and even punished without reasoning it. Please be open and prepare to read something "real" and that requires more questioning that just reading the book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A necessary, yet heartbreaking read. The chapters are short and the writing fluid. I read it in one day. Dear America is more than just a memoir. Through his own personal stories, Mr. Vargas invites the reader to suspend the usual rhetoric about immigration and to critically analyze the “how” and “why” the current system and laws are in place. U.S. immigration is a complex issue with a complex history deeply imbedded in imperialism, racism, trade and interventionist foreign policies. It’s so much more than just about “getting in line”. Dear America humanizes the undocumented immigrant. With this memoir, Mr. Vargas is working towards changing the "master narrative about who the 'illegal' is."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book starts out with a dead horse and proceeds to spend the next 200 pages beating it. He's undocumented. But beyond that and the fact he chose to alienate his family and friends about it nothing really happens in the book the intro is the first 200 pages and the last chapter is a disappointing climax. We never do find out if he managed to become legal or what happened from his movement. Overall much better stories and memoirs out there don't bother with this one.