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A Beginner's Guide to America

Download or Read eBook A Beginner's Guide to America PDF written by Roya Hakakian and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2022-01-25 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
A Beginner's Guide to America
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Publisher : Vintage
Total Pages : 241
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ISBN-10 : 9780525565925
ISBN-13 : 0525565922
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Book Synopsis A Beginner's Guide to America by : Roya Hakakian

Book excerpt: A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Hakakian's "love letter to the nation that took her in [is also] a timely reminder of what millions of human beings endure when they uproot their lives to become Americans by choice" (The Boston Globe). Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.


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