In the Country We Love
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

In the Country We Love


  • Author : Diane Guerrero
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781627795289


In the Country We Love Book Description :

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.

In the Country We Love
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

In the Country We Love


  • Author : Diane Guerrero
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250134967


In the Country We Love Book Description :

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.

In the Country We Love
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

In the Country We Love


  • Author : Diane Guerrero
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-05-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781627795272


In the Country We Love Book Description :

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.

My Family Divided
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

My Family Divided


  • Author : Diane Guerrero
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Release Date : 2018-07-17
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250134875


My Family Divided Book Description :

Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wow-ing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero's life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down. Reflective of the experiences of millions of undocumented immigrant families in the United States, Guerrero's story is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.

North Korea

North Korea


  • Author : Loretta Napoleoni
  • Publisher : Government Printing Office
  • Release Date : 2018-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 1742589812


North Korea Book Description :

In her characteristically direct approach, political analyst Loretta Napoleoni takes on the vexed story of North Korea for those of us in the West who remain blinded by its myths and bigotry. This short, informative book is an account of a country central to world politics and yet little understood.

Powerful Prayers for Troubled Times
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Powerful Prayers for Troubled Times


  • Author : Stormie Omartian
  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780736942027


Powerful Prayers for Troubled Times Book Description :

In Powerful Prayers for Troubled Times, Stormie Omartian challenges Christians to pray for the land we call home. In this easy-to-carry pocket book, Stormie tackles genuine questions about praying for our country. She offers sample prayers you can use to pray for government and community leaders, the heroic men and women who protect us (police officers, firefighters, soldiers), and the welfare and healing of our nation. You’ll find help in your prayer life for situations like these: Why do bad things happen to innocent people? How do we pray for our enemies? What does it mean to be “a nation whose God is the Lord”? You will also find encouragement for today and hope for the future as you join with other believers and, as one people, offer up our country to God in prayer.

A Dream Called Home
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

A Dream Called Home


  • Author : Reyna Grande
  • Publisher : Washington Square Press
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501171437


A Dream Called Home Book Description :

From bestselling author of the remarkable memoir, The Distance Between Us comes an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time. “Here is a life story so unbelievable, it could only be true” (Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of The House on Mango Street). As an immigrant in an unfamiliar country, with an indifferent mother and abusive father, Reyna had few resources at her disposal. Taking refuge in words, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream. Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist whose “power is growing with every book” (Luis Alberto Urrea, Pultizer Prize finalist); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect. Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.

How to Love a Country
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

How to Love a Country


  • Author : Richard Blanco
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807025918


How to Love a Country Book Description :

A new collection from the renowned inaugural poet exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, in accessible and emotive verses As presidential inaugural poet, memoirist, public speaker, educator, and advocate, Richard Blanco has crisscrossed the nation inviting communities to connect to the heart of human experience and our shared identity as a country. In this new collection of poems, his first in over seven years, Blanco continues to invite a conversation with all Americans. Through an oracular yet intimate and accessible voice, he addresses the complexities and contradictions of our nationhood and the unresolved sociopolitical matters that affect us all. The poems form a mosaic of seemingly varied topics: the Pulse Nightclub massacre; an unexpected encounter on a visit to Cuba; the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868; a lynching in Alabama; the arrival of a young Chinese woman at Angel Island in 1938; the incarceration of a gifted writer; and the poet's abiding love for his partner, who he is finally allowed to wed as a gay man. But despite each poem's unique concern or occasion, all are fundamentally struggling with the overwhelming question of how to love this country. Seeking answers, Blanco digs deep into the very marrow of our nation through poems that interrogate our past and present, grieve our injustices, and note our flaws, but also remember to celebrate our ideals and cling to our hopes. In the landmark poem "American Wandersong," which forms the center of the book, the poet reveals himself to readers in a disarming and kinetic sequence of stanzas, striving to find his place amid the physical and emotional landscapes of our country. Through this groundbreaking volume, Blanco unravels the very fabric of the American narrative and pursues a resolution to the inherent contradiction of our nation's psyche and mandate: e pluribus unum (out of many, one). Charged with the utopian idea that no single narrative is more important than

Bad Music

Bad Music


  • Author : Christopher J. Washburne
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-01-11
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135385477


Bad Music Book Description :

Why are some popular musical forms and performers universally reviled by critics and ignored by scholars-despite enjoying large-scale popularity? How has the notion of what makes "good" or "bad" music changed over the years-and what does this tell us about the writers who have assigned these tags to different musical genres? Many composers that are today part of the classical "canon" were greeted initially by bad reviews. Similarly, jazz, country, and pop musics were all once rejected as "bad" by the academy that now has courses on these and many other types of music. This book addresses why this is so through a series of essays on different musical forms and performers. It looks at alternate ways of judging musical performance beyond the critical/academic nexus, and suggests new paths to follow in understanding what makes some music "popular" even if it is judged to be "bad." For anyone who has ever secretly enjoyed ABBA, Kenny G, or disco, Bad Music will be a guilty pleasure!

The Book of Unknown Americans
Score: 4
From 38 Ratings

The Book of Unknown Americans


  • Author : Cristina Henríquez
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2014-06-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385680745


The Book of Unknown Americans Book Description :

A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own. After their daughter Maribel suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras leave Mexico and come to America. But upon settling at Redwood Apartments, a two-storey cinderblock complex just off a highway in Delaware, they discover that Maribel's recovery--the piece of the American Dream on which they've pinned all their hopes--will not be easy. Every task seems to confront them with language, racial and cultural obstacles. At Redwood also lives Mayor Toro, a high school sophomore whose family arrived from Panama fifteen years ago. Mayor sees in Maribel something others do not: that beyond her lovely face, and beneath the damage she's sustained, is a gentle, funny and wise spirit. But as the two grow closer, violence casts a shadow over all their futures in America. Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters, the novel unfolds during a single transformative year, telling a riveting and poignant story of unflinching honesty and humanity and an unforgettable, wholly unsentimental tale of young love; and offering a new, resonant definition of what it means to be an American. An instant classic is born. From the Hardcover edition.