A Beginner's Guide to America by Roya Hakakian audiobook

A Beginner's Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious

By Roya Hakakian
Read by Roya Hakakian

Random House Audio
7.76 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593291979

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America. 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.

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A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hakakian’s writing possesses a lyrical quality as she describes quotidian details of life, from arriving in the US on to shopping, then sex and romance.” National Book Review
“Shines many lights on this country’s idiosyncrasies…but Hakakian strikes a critical balance between admiration and criticism, achieving a love letter to America that nevertheless isn’t blind to the country’s imperfections.” Jewish Journal
“This personal, yet practical account is intended to challenge misconceptions and biases that native-born US citizens have toward documented and undocumented immigrants. It is highly recommended for all.” Library Journal
“Roya Hakakian’s voice softens as she recalls her first view of America, which took place from a plane after fleeing Iran in 1984. Even as she describes Iran’s customs in calm tones, her voice takes on excitement when she describes her new freedom from strict dress codes…Hakakian has a keen sense of humor and a strong point of view,.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Roya Hakakian

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 7.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English