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 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the US, 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 best-selling 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 like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.
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Such a moving, hearbreaking and inspiring book. i couldn't stop listening and I emphatized with Diane's struggle but I also admired her courage. Not only did she survive without her parents to guide and help her, she chose to share her story with us and bring awareness to both mental health and immigration, which is so important. I recognise much of myself in Diane and I was often in tears when she described all the things she overcame. It is by far the best book I've listened to in 2016. Thank you, Diane.
I started this book a couple of days ago and I have just finished it. I cried, I laughed, my heart ached in good and bad ways, it hurt for the small 14 year old Diane and for the children out there who experience the same thing she did.
It hit close to home when she was talking about her depression and it shook me how she felt.
Her story is compelling and so sad and so beautiful. I will never regret listening to her read her book because it gave it something that reading words on a page would never give it. And I, for one, have been changed on a deep level because of it.
"An important story I'm so grateful was shared."
I'm a more informed American citizen with a renewed desire to be involved in the immigration conversation as a result of this heartfelt account that I fear is far more common than ANY of us image. Diane tells her story with grace and humor. Her account is personal and the reader feels that. Well written and exceptionally performed. Buy this. Now.
"In love with In the Country We Love"
This book moved my emotions. There were so many moments I forced back tears. Diane narrated the book herself making it that much better & real!
Her struggles as a young girl in America with her immigrant parents shines a light on the pains many children of immigrants face today. She is the definition of resilience, bravery and I could not recommended this book more so buy it, you will not regret it. Its outstanding! I loved it.
Her struggles were not in vain and she is probably a better, stronger person in spite of them. This book is the voice of the often silenced child of immigrant parents. It is a compelling must read and I am blowen away by her story.
"Tear jerker with some 'aww' moments."
Loved it, didn't struggle to finish it. Diane had my full attention. I had preorded the book & was hoping she would be narrating it, she did fantastic. This book is bittersweet, had me in tears, fully awake as I drove all night from Cali to AZ. Immigration reform wasn't a topic that interest me much, but after completing this book, it has me thinking about the families who have to go through this painful ordeal.
"Probably good if you are a fan"
I generally like memoirs of people who had to endure hardships growing up. Last year, I read Undocumented: a Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League (by Peralta), and I enjoyed that. That book felt authentic in a way that this did not. Something was missing in the Guerrero book. Maybe her co-author did too much writing, as many of the words and expressions did not ring true. I learned what happened to Diane Guerrero, but she never really came alive on the pages to me. It felt like this was written for an audience of young girls, and it was probably pretty effective for them. But I am an older man, and I got about 60% of the way through this and did not care enough to finish.
"Informative and Heartbreaking"
Learned a lot from this story about deportation and children left behind wen the parents are sent away, and was pretty surprised to find that our country would let these kids fall through the cracks. How disappointing! Did not like the narration at all, feeling it was way too over the top. Also, the story seemed a bit slow moving.
"Would read again!"
This book exceeded my expectations. She constructed a novel that shares her personal story, but at the same time can be interpreted through the lives of millions of immigrants in this country. I've read many memoirs and immigration stories. But for the first time we are learning the life of a child who gots affected by immigration. It's an excellent book and overall a great story of resilience, a type of resilience not faced by your average person. I will definitely be listening to this book again.
"Inspiring story and this is just the beginning Diane!"
Excellent book one that truly captures the struggles and triumphs of all those in search of a better life.
"Heart wrenching and funny!"
Diane's story is so raw and relatable to so many in the US. As an immigrant with family trying to get their status corrected I feel her pain and understand the agony of fear that your family could be torn apart.
"In Love "
Wow! Diane is an amazing narrator with an amazing story to tell, best book ever.
"Just loved it!"
I loved that I was surprised at how invested I became in her journey! I didn't really know what to expect, but I found myself fighting for her in my head! Her story also shed a lot of light on immigration, but she throws in feminism in there too. I loved that she had a point to her book, but it wasn't in your face. In the end she does have a little soap box moment in her last chapter, but she was bringing her reasoning for writing the book up, and I enjoyed what she had to say!
Also, because she is an actress, she changes her voice with characters (not in an annoying way), and it helped me visualize and connect with what was going on. I'm so glad she read it, because I don't think it would've done the book justice with someone else reading.
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