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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided (udgave 2016)

af Diane Guerrero (Forfatter)

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"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 and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia 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 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"--… (mere)
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Titel:In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
Forfattere:Diane Guerrero (Forfatter)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (2016), 272 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Guerrero superbly puts a human face on an important issue, immigration reform, by sharing her own story. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
Audible original audio narrated by the author.

When Diane Guerrero was fourteen years old, she came home from school to find an empty house. Her family had been picked up by ICE and were detained pending deportation. Fortunately for Diane, a family friend agreed to take her in, so that she could remain in school. This is her memoir.

The author has an important message to convey about the effects on children of America’s immigration and deportation policies. Diane had been born in the United States, so she was never at risk of being deported, but she was a child when her parents and brother were sent back to Columbia. And no government agency checked on her welfare … at all. Yes, you read that right. Social Services, Child Protective Services, ICE, Homeland Security … not one single government entity bothered to check to see if this 14-year-old child was okay, had food, shelter, clothing. It’s not like they didn’t know she existed. While her parents were awaiting deportation, she visited them at the detention facility, registering as their daughter, accompanied by the family friend who was temporarily caring for her.

The traumatic events left psychological scars, and Guerrero is open and honest about what she endured (including years of self-harm) until she got the emotional help she needed. She is now an outspoken advocate for immigration reform.

My book club had a very interesting discussion of this book. Her “voice” as an author is very young at the outset. It’s almost as if she were writing for a high school or even middle school audience. But as she recovers from the trauma, and particularly the last two chapters, her voice matures, and she writes with confidence and authority.

Guerrero narrates the audiobook herself. I had read the first two-thirds of the book in text format before a friend shared the audio with me. The difference in maturity between the beginning and ending is more evident on the audio. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 22, 2021 |
I feel like this is a great read for teens (or adults, obvs), and particularly poignant and relevant in today's political climate. I've had kids argue over who got to check out our library's copies after booktalking it, so the premise is a definite hit. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

I don't know how many people are familiar with Diane Guerrero, but I first saw her in Orange is the New Black.

She's one of my favorite characters in the show and I honestly was surprised when I saw this book pop up as a new release in memoirs/biographies. And I was a bit gun shy about borrowing this because I was worried it would not be a good read. I am so happy I was wrong about that.

Besides an initial slow start to this memoir (why I gave it 4.5 stars) after Ms. Guerrero starts describing her family's experiences in Columbia and also in the United States the book gets moving. I know that not everything wraps up in a happy ending, but this book really showcases the pain the children of undocumented immigrants feel knowing that if their parents are found out, they are definitely going to be sent back to their country. But, and that's the big thing, what happens to the children who were born in the U.S. and are seen as legal residents?

I don't think I could have went through what Ms. Guerrero did. My identity as a pre-teen and teenager was so intertwined with my mother and father it would have bizarre to not have them there. As it is, since they have both passed away it always feel wrong to me to know that one day I am going to be alive longer than I actually had them in my life and that hurts like hell.

Ms. Guerrero starts her memoir off with the day her parents were taken by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and then backtracks the book back to her parents lives in Columbia. Reading about Ms. Guerrero's parents losing their own parents, brothers/sisters and both of them meeting and realizing that they could do better in America was a cornerstone of the story and I definitely get why they did what they did. To make a better life for you, and for your kids, that's what all parents and just people want to do.

From there we get to see Ms. Guerrero's story and her family's story really come to life.

Ms. Guerrero was open and honest enough to let us see the good and bad about her life/parents/brother/herself. I love that she chose to do that. Lately most memoirs I have read don't feel authentic to me. You can tell when an author is holding something back from you to either make themselves look good and or they don't want to share. And I get that, but then I always think to myself while reading, why the heck did you write this book?

She took pains I think to show that she was not some perfect child or sister. That she was often selfish and angry about how her parents circumstances and then deportation impacted her life. I don't think I would have been as strong as she was. Knowing that her best opportunity lay int he United States and to decide to not follow her parents, but instead live with friends until she graduated high school was a huge thing for her to do.

The book goes from her childhood to her finally landing her big breaks on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. We even get to read about her meeting President Obama and how she acted like a fangirl (hey I feel here there).

I loved that the book also included pictures (one of my favorite things to see in memoirs) and the book was broken up into sensible sections. I thought it flowed perfectly after we got past the initial chapters and then I couldn't put the book down because I had to know what happened next.

The settings of this book goes to Columbia, Spain, and the United States (Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. New Jersey, etc.) and Ms. Guerrero is able to bring most places to life with her writing (except for Washington, D.C.--I get why though, she hated her time here at that point in her life) and I loved that I was able to picture myself in these places.

The ending was sad though. You read about how there's really no path to citizenship that's open right now and even though President Obama tried to pass immigration reform, as of today the U.S. Supreme Court voted 4-4 on it so now Texas lawsuit against it still stands. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Took a little longer than expected but definitely recommended for everyone. Read this. ( )
  BingeReader87 | Nov 17, 2018 |
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"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 and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia 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 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"--

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