Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out twice in his life--once as a gay man, and once as an undocumented immigrant. "Coming out" explains Vargas, "is more about letting people in . . . You come out to let people in." If you accept Vargas' invitation to "come in" and read his stirring memoir, you will come away with a very personal and social understanding of what it means to live as an undocumented immigration in the U.S. today. Interesting Fact: Vargas intentionally chose the bright yellow jacket cover to signal his Asian (Filpino) heritage.— Rhonda
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--at it's core--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 25 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