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
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.”
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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 »
Upcoming Dear America book discussions
- Wednesday, June 24, 1-2 pm: Book Discussion: Dear America. Register in Zoom now »
- Thursday, July 16, 7-8 pm: Multiple Many Voices Many Stories Book Discussion. Register in Zoom now »
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.