#partner thank you so so much @penguinrandomhouse and

#partner thank you so so much @penguinrandomhouse and

3/24/2021, 3:58:58 PM
#partner thank you so so much @penguinrandomhouse and @oneworldbooks for this copy] Heyyyyyyyyy Henny, today I want to talk about a book that I read a few days ago, The Undocumented Americans. This book actually comes out today (yayyyy!) and I’m going to tell you why this is a must-read! The Undocumented Americans is a book about what it feels like to be an undocumented immigrant in this country. Villavicencio, who is actually one of the first undocumented graduates from Harvard, has written the first book that I personally feel like it was talking to me. This book has captured perfectly what it feels like to be an immigrant in this country, most importantly what it feels like being undocumented in a country that doesn’t want you. Villavicencio’s voice in this book is powerful and authentic, she has no filter (love that!) and tells these stories with such ferocity. In this book you will get a true depiction of the undocumented community in this country like no other, stories of people living from day to day to make a living (unlike other books 👀), people that might not seem like stars but are in fact heroes, people that have given their lives for a country that doesn’t accept them, people that are just as American as you and me. Villavicencio on top of that writes about the mental and physical illness, addiction, anxiety, fear, and a lot more things that many undocumented people go through here in America. What I loved most about this book is how much I felt myself within these stories, Villavicencio talks about the trauma that comes with being separated from your parents at a young age and I felt that right into my core. I immediately thought about my experiences and how I got here. My parents had to come here undocumented and leave everything behind in the DR, including me and my family, in order to provide us with a better life (thankfully they managed to get their papers and bring us here for better opportunities). But deep down I still think about this time without them even though I’m so grateful for their sacrifices. This was just one of the instances where I saw myself in these pages. Continued....

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