Many Voices, Many Stories: Spotlight on ‘Dear America’

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens, Many Voices, Many Stories, features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration. This week we’re exploring the title Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas.

“Actions are illegal, never people, and something is terribly wrong when we refer to people as illegal.”

Jose Antonio Vargas, from his 2012 TEDx Talk
Tatiana with Dear America on tablet

About Dear America

Adult Services Specialist Tatiana (pictured right) suggests:Dear America is Jose Antonio Vargas’s coming-of-age and coming-to-terms story. Vargas is Filipino and American, queer, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is also an undocumented immigrant, stuck for years in a no man’s land, both legally and psychologically. Part memoir and part manifesto, Dear America asks what it means to belong, to have a home, to be an American.”

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook Spanish edition, digital audiobook, and digital audiobook young readers’ edition), Media on Demand & Libby (ebook and digital audiobook)

Formats available for contact-free holds pickup: book, young readers’ edition

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Watch the documentary: Documented

Available on Hoopla in French with English subtitles: Following his 2011 essay published in the New York Times Magazine, titled “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as one of 11 million undocumented American immigrants. Documented follows the recently out Vargas as he travels the country, lending his voice to the cause of immigration reform and dealing with the media backlash of being “out” in America.

About the author

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including Best Play. More about the author »

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About Many Voices, Many Stories

Oak Park’s all-virtual summer reading program for adults and teens features six unique titles connected through one common theme: immigration.

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