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|Title: A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Misinformed - eBook|
By: Roya Hakakian
Format: DRM Protected ePub
|Publication Date: 2021|
Stock No: WW106163EB
Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.
"[Her] observation takes the seemingly banal into the realm of the profound and is characteristic of Hakakians honest and beautiful book. . . Hers is a "guide," yes, but of an amicable kind. She offers counsel to readers, not commandments, and although her book could be seen as a love letter to America, it is one thats been written by an exacting lover who isnt blind to this countrys flaws."Tunku Varadarajan, The Wall Street Journal
"Poignant and richly observed . . . [Hakakian] captures the immigrants twinned sense of hope and loss with lyrical precision. Readers will salute this astute and sincere look at what it means to 'be remade' on American soil."Publishers Weekly
"Pleasingly intimate . . . An enlightening reminder about human rights and civic responsibility, all too relevant in a troubled time."Kirkus
"Through the use of the second person and a guidebook structure, Hakakians writing possesses a lyrical quality as she describes quotidian details of life, from arriving in the U.S. on to shopping, then sex and romance."The National Book Review
"A Beginners Guide to America shines many lights on this countrys idiosyncrasies . . . but Hakakian strikes a critical balance between admiration and criticism, achieving a love letter to America that nevertheless isnt blind to the countrys imperfections." Tabby Refael, Jewish Journal
"Roya Hakakian is one of the most gifted and evocative writers of our dayher words are magicand A Beginners Guide to America is a tour de force. Brilliant and sweeping, full of crackling insights on every page, this book is delightful, witty, transporting, and deeply inspiringjust what America needs."Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
"A Beginners Guide to America is a timely, compelling examination of what life in the U.S. looks like for immigrants from the moment they land here and begin adjusting to a new culture. Highly recommended for immigrants, their friends, and all those who work with the newly arrived."Abdi Nor Iftin, author of Call Me American
"Hakakians book is a stirring, insightful, funny and uplifting book. Her real predecessor is Alexis de Tocqueville. A Beginner's Guide to America is a worthy successor to his classic work. Hakakian captures the balance of love for America's ideals, and honest perception of its imperfect achievement of them, that together with the resolve always to do better than we are doing now, is the heart of any honorable American patriotism. Count me among those thrilled to hear the vital message of this intelligent and graceful book."Anthony Kronman, author of The Assault on American Excellence