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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Kim
    Sep 19, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

    Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines and came to America when he was twelve. When he tried to get his driver?s license at sixteen, he learned that his green card was fake. He was in the US illegally, but chose to keep his status hidden. It was never easy keeping his sec...

    If you did not believe that the immigration laws in the US urgently need reform, you will after reading this account of a Filipino man who entered this country at the age of 12, sent on a plane (to his grandparents in California) by his mother, thinking she would follow soon. Years lat...

    "Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?" Most of us don't know what is happening in our name. This gorgeously written memoir is an important baby step towards Americans learning about our current deeply broken immigration syst...

  • 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 ...

  • T
    Oct 05, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

  • Sharon
    Jul 19, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

  • Lindsey
    Sep 26, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

  • Tiffany
    Oct 17, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

    Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines and came to America when he was twelve. When he tried to get his driver?s license at sixteen, he learned that his green card was fake. He was in the US illegally, but chose to keep his status hidden. It was never easy keeping his sec...

  • Catherine
    Oct 14, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

    Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines and came to America when he was twelve. When he tried to get his driver?s license at sixteen, he learned that his green card was fake. He was in the US illegally, but chose to keep his status hidden. It was never easy keeping his sec...

    If you did not believe that the immigration laws in the US urgently need reform, you will after reading this account of a Filipino man who entered this country at the age of 12, sent on a plane (to his grandparents in California) by his mother, thinking she would follow soon. Years lat...

    "Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?" Most of us don't know what is happening in our name. This gorgeously written memoir is an important baby step towards Americans learning about our current deeply broken immigration syst...

    Excellent primer for anyone who still doesn't understand "why they don't just come in legally" or "why they just don't fill out the paperwork to become legal". Jose Antonio Vargas was sent by his mother from the Philippines to the US when he was a teenager. He didn't know his documents...

    Sent to the U.S. from the Philippines at the age of 12 to live with his grandparents, and not learning he was undocumented until he tried to get a driver?s license at 16, Jose Antonio Vargas spent many years, as he puts it, ?lying, passing, and hiding.? After becoming a succes...

  • Brian Kovesci
    Jul 31, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

  • Jessica
    Aug 02, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Dawnette Brenner
    Oct 13, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

  • Cindy Leighton
    Oct 06, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

    Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines and came to America when he was twelve. When he tried to get his driver?s license at sixteen, he learned that his green card was fake. He was in the US illegally, but chose to keep his status hidden. It was never easy keeping his sec...

    If you did not believe that the immigration laws in the US urgently need reform, you will after reading this account of a Filipino man who entered this country at the age of 12, sent on a plane (to his grandparents in California) by his mother, thinking she would follow soon. Years lat...

    "Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?" Most of us don't know what is happening in our name. This gorgeously written memoir is an important baby step towards Americans learning about our current deeply broken immigration syst...

    Excellent primer for anyone who still doesn't understand "why they don't just come in legally" or "why they just don't fill out the paperwork to become legal". Jose Antonio Vargas was sent by his mother from the Philippines to the US when he was a teenager. He didn't know his documents...

  • Lainey
    Sep 18, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Harriet
    Jul 22, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

  • Seth
    Jul 28, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

  • Liz Fedor
    Oct 04, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

  • Megan Lawson
    Oct 14, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Celine
    Oct 16, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

  • Terra
    Sep 17, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

  • Kerry
    Oct 11, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

    Sad and incredibly infuriating (as I should've known) and a fascinating perspective. I felt the switch from hiding to being ready to reveal came a little too suddenly without quite explaining how he got there, but other than that, an excellent, fast, important read. ...

    Everyone must read this when it comes out in August or September. ...

    A story that must be told in days like these. A story so much like many that have similar experiences. ...

    "To pass as an American, I always has to question the law. Not just to break it, not just circumvent it, but question it. I had to interrogate how laws are created, how illegality must be seen through the prism of who is defining what is legal for whom. I had to realize that throughout...

    This was a frustrating read. It was compelling, very well written, and very accessible, but I spent the whole time just mad as hell for Vargas. Much like his NY Times piece, he brings a much-needed human element to the issue of undocumented immigration. He also cites the history and ma...

    Jose Antonio Vargas was born in the Philippines and came to America when he was twelve. When he tried to get his driver?s license at sixteen, he learned that his green card was fake. He was in the US illegally, but chose to keep his status hidden. It was never easy keeping his sec...

    If you did not believe that the immigration laws in the US urgently need reform, you will after reading this account of a Filipino man who entered this country at the age of 12, sent on a plane (to his grandparents in California) by his mother, thinking she would follow soon. Years lat...

  • Cherie
    Sep 02, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

  • John Garvin
    Aug 11, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

  • Erica Lynn
    Aug 06, 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...

    A good book on the problem that America has with its immigration policy. I did not agree with everything in the book, but it did teach me a lot that I didn't know about immigration. One of the big complaints I have is not with the final version of this book. I have a galley copy. I...

    I devpured this book. Its a beautiful reveal of the true problem with immigration. And I was surprised at how much I really didn't know. Growing up and living in Vermont, as a white natural born citizen, the most exposure I had to the immigration issue was through the migrant farme...

  • Brad Bowman
    Sep 03, 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 ...

    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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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) ...

    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, ...

    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...

    **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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    The beginning was fine but then it became quite whiny. ...

    I picked up this ARC and I could not put it down. I plan on getting my thoughts down to post a full review on my blog. This books comes out tomorrow and I can't wait to get a copy. ...

    Advanced Reader?s Copy received from Baker & Taylor. ?Dear America? is the heart-wrenching biography of a man struggling to identify himself as an American citizen when everything is working against him. Vargas? journey illustrates just how difficult the path to citizen...

    Excellent. Everyone in the United States should be reading this book in light of what's going on in this country. ...

    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...