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Author: Jose Antonio Vargas Narrator: Jose Antonio Vargas Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9780062864611
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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 is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

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

—Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American. The pressing question that emerges from these pages isn’t whether Jose deserves to be a citizen but whether we, as a nation, deserve the bravery and generosity of spirit that he offers us with an open heart and mind.”

    Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a book for our times. Read it, feel it at a gut level, and go beyond the noise of hate politics. Jose Antonio Vargas’s personal story is a firsthand view of what it’s like to be a child raised with anxiety as the norm. This is a book about America. I cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.”

    Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Jose Antonio Vargas’s eloquent and emotional book bears witness to a basic truth: we should not be defined by our legal status, but by who we are. His voice is an important voice that needs to be heard by all Americans, whether they are Americans by birth or by choice.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder and CEO of the nonprofit media advocacy organization Define America , Vargas is among America’s best-known undocumented immigrants, having come here illegally at age twelve from the Philippines…Here he considers what it means to be American and how it feels when you are considered alien in your own home.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Vargas] personifies the courage and patriotism of the immigrants who now face a cruel deportation dragnet from an administration blind to their vast contributions to our country.”

    Nancy Pelosi, minority leader, US House of Representatives, praise for the author

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About the Author

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media and culture organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling.