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In the Country We Love
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided | Diane Guerrero
The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virginof the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.
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Jeanettej71
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Chapter 11: New World is such a good chapter

rigo.padilla I see you! 📚👀 1mo
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Jeanettej71

.. my time with Mami had reminded me of how lonely I felt without her and Papi here. How much I needed them. I didn‘t tell either of them what I was considering. Instead, I stashed the thought away. It gave me something to look forward to, to anticipate, to pray about. We all need that. Dreams are what keeps us alive.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 1mo
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Matilda
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I mean when are we not buying books, right? If you can this is a great way to help either by buying books, donating, or sharing. 💙📚 https://bookriot.com/2019/07/03/we-will-match-your-contribution-to-bookstoresaga...

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Hollie
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“...don‘t get too close to my body or I‘ll turn stiff as a board. Unless I‘m drunk or actively trying to seduce you.”

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maleahrae
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Diane's story is captivating and important. It's so sad to think that this is happening to families all over our country. I especially liked her facts and call to action at the end!
#booked2019 #foodorbeverageonthecover
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Cotton candy for the win!! And I‘ve been meaning to read this memoir!! Thanks for the reminder 💜 5mo
4thhouseontheleft Great pick for this prompt! 5mo
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Hollie
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Last night I kept having #dreams that I was teaching and even that I slept in a bed in the middle of the classroom. Clearly, this was a sign I needed to break. So, instead of eating in my office like normal, I took myself and a book out for nachos. #anglophileapril

vivastory Serious lunch envy 5mo
vivastory But where's the margarita? 😂 5mo
Hollie @vivastory no margarita, I have a class this afternoon! True story, I‘m showing them the Vitameatavegamin commercial from I ♥️ Lucy (we are discussing the 1950s) so I don‘t want to sound hammered like Lucy in the lecture! 5mo
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vivastory Good call 😂 5mo
Leftcoastzen Sometimes only nachos will do! 5mo
Mdargusch I‘m drooling. 🤤 5mo
Hollie @leftcoastzen @Mdargusch they were so good! 5mo
emilyhaldi Omg DROOL 🤤 5mo
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irre
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Great listen. 4 ⭐️

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AmberWB
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I don‘t watch Orange is the New Black or Jane the Virgin, and really knew nothing about Diane Guerrero before reading this. Honestly, her story is about so much more than how she became an actress. I learned a lot about the experiences of “illegal” immigrants and their American born children. I really think everyone could learn something by reading Diane Guerrero‘s story.
Thanks to @Soubhiville for sending this my way! 😊

WhatWouldJaneDo I loved this one too! Her story was so raw and honest, I was really moved. 7mo
Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I‘m so glad you liked it. I thought it was excellent too, and I really felt for her and her family. 7mo
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exentricone
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New reading material just arrived! #readers #read #books #bookworm #bookofthemonth

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Hollie
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The English department was having a book sale and I found $2 in my desk to purchase these. I‘m definitely bringing more cash tomorrow!!

MicheleinPhilly I loved Diane‘s book. 7mo
Hollie @MicheleinPhilly good to hear! ☺️ 7mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Just spotted this #Bingo and thought I'd jump in! I have quite a bit of NF building up in my TBR and it's something I've been hoping to read more of this year (on top of what is probably becoming waaay too many reading goals lol). I've read one so far this year and it could probably fill a couple different spots but I decided to go with "survival."
#nonfiction2019

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Marinellichris
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ICE is evil, Diane Guerrero is an inspiration to anyone who has been impacted by immigration
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RaimeyGallant This sounds like a great read. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 8mo
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Amor4Libros
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This book was both heartbreaking and uplifting!

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Amor4Libros
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I‘m so glad my start time at work this week got pushed back , because I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this. Such a heartbreaking story!

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Easytiger

My nonfiction for the month ☺️

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lauralovesbooks1
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Guerrero was 14 when she came home from school to find her parents had been detained for deportation. This is both about her experiences growing up as the daughter of immigrants as
well as her experiences after she left, staying with friends and navigating college and adulthood alone.

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rather_be_reading
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So excited to have nabbed this ebook on sale the other day.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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Diane's story was compelling and educational. It was hard to learn about how she became parentless at the age of 14 when her parents were deported to Colombia. She was forever scarred and her experiences made for some rough times ahead. I applaud her willingness to share her story with the world and hope that it will contribute to bringing about change to the immigration system in the US. 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Amen to that! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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alisonrose
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This is a brave and important book, and is also quite relatable. As I noted, I‘ve never seen any of her acting work, but that‘s definitely not a hindrance to enjoying the book. Yes, the parts that go into the nitty gritty of acting and her first roles were not as interesting for me, but they‘re part of her whole life story. And the account of what she and her family went through is really hard-hitting. Lots of crucial info at the end, too. 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻

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alisonrose

At fourteen, I‘d been left on my own. Literally. When the authorities made the choice to detain my parents, no one bothered to check that a young girl, a minor, a citizen of this country, would be left without a family. Without a home. Without a way to move forward... In the eyes of the ICE, it was as if I didn‘t exist. I‘d been invisible to them.

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alisonrose
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💔💔💔

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alisonrose
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I haven‘t actually seen anything the author has been in (nope, never watched OITNB, but I do want to watch Jane the Virgin eventually), but I‘ve heard good things about this memoir and the subject is extremely important to me...especially in our current political (un)reality 😣 #nowreading

ReadingEnvy Devastating. 12mo
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Annl
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With the ongoing immigration discussions, this was a good moment to read this book which was a personal immigration history lesson. I have to wonder how many students I have encountered who are going home to parent less homes. I wish I had solutions to offer.

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SaraBeagle
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Boom. #micdrop

Libby1 Excellent. 13mo
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SaraBeagle
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I love data

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SaraBeagle
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Finishing up the book with some great statistics!

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Well-ReadNeck
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#MonthOfMemoirs #CelebrityTellAll

Loved this one on audiobook. Guerrero uses her celebrity to bring attention to real stories of immigration. Fab.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/in-the-country-we-love-diane-guerr...

TheBookStacker I just got this one from #botm I‘ve been wanting to read it! 13mo
RebL How is there a month of memoirs and I didn‘t know? 13mo
Well-ReadNeck @RebL Well, probably because I just made it up? 😉 I read so many memoirs that it was hard to distribute them on my blog ... and August needs a holiday. So, I‘m reviewing one every day this month just for fun. 13mo
RebL Oh, well, I‘m on board 💯. 13mo
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Soubhiville
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Hope you‘re having fun @LibrarianRyan !

I think “Shame on You” by the Indigo Girls is a great road trip sing along song! https://youtu.be/rtUsbjyzEn4. (Hope that link works...)

There‘s a bit about immigrants in the song, which made me think of this amazing memoir I read last year and loved!

Thanks for having a #giveaway! I have my fingers crossed, I‘d really love to win this one! Have a safe trip home.

#roadtripgiveaway

bookishkris Love love love both the album and the song; my campus was their first stop on the 1997 college tour and they played Shaming of the Sun in publish for the first time beginning to end. The Indigo Girls are still my favorites, their music has saved my life and changed my life more than once in the thirty years I‘ve been a fan. 1y
bookishkris *public, not publish. Autocorrect fail. 1y
Soubhiville @bookishkris I love them too! I hope to see them in Knoxville in July. I saw them on the Cherokee reservation in ‘97 on this tour 😊. 1y
LibrarianRyan I have not listened to indigo girls in such a long time. This was awesome. 1y
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan ❤️ yay! Glad you enjoyed them! 1y
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UnabridgedPod
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Woo hoo, Wednesday! Unabridged is back with #unabridgedshorts. I‘ve been on a run of memoirs lately (particularly on audio): I‘m listening to #julieandjulia right now.
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What #audiobooks would you recommend?

Well-ReadNeck OMG!! So many! Lab Girl; Born a Crime; We‘re Going to need more wine. I loved all of those on audiobook. A friend recently recommended Clancys of Queens on audiobook. I‘m hoping to get to it soon 1y
UnabridgedPod @Well-ReadNeck Great choices! I really enjoyed Clancys of Queens, Born a Crime, and We‘re Going to Need More Wine. Haven‘t read Lab Girl though—moving it to the top of the list now!!!! Thanks for the recommendations. :) 1y
staci.reads Born a Crime, The Glass Castle, Buck: a Memoir, Falling Leaves..Loved all these. 1y
UnabridgedPod @staci.reads I don‘t know Buck or Falling Leaves. Thanks for the recs!!! 1y
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mrozzz
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Have had this one on my radar for awhile so I was ecstatic to see it on sale the other day! 🤗 #TBR

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Smrloomis
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Kindle deal 🎉 no I don‘t need this... ok, who am I kidding... I bought it already 🙈

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Matilda
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🎉📚💙If you haven't yet read it it's $2.99 today Amazon/b&n and I can't recommend this enough.

peacegypsy Bought this today thanks to your recommendation! Thanks for the info! 1y
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TheWordJar
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My current day book and night book. Because after reading a few chapters of The Grip of It, I know I‘m too much of a scaredy cat to read it at night. 🙈

EvieBee I love that you have a day and night book! 😁♥️ 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Only 2 left to go on my #LitsyReadingChallenge and I know what I‘m reading for one of them....still need to pick my food or drink book though.

DGRachel That‘s awesome! 2y
Librariana You're doing great! 2y
Centique I just bought a book that could be good for food! 😊 2y
queerbookreader A food or drink book can be literally any cookbook ever I have a ton to recommend if you own zero cookbooks 2y
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Alicia
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Finished this one last night on audio. Amazing story. This book is not only a true American immigrant story for the 21st century but also a coming of age memoir, a raw look at trauma and depression in America. I literally cannot give it enough stars. This is one of the most real memoirs I think I've ever read and I loved it. Also my latest nonfiction! #giveawayrealtalk

Robothugs I‘m still upset this book has nothing to do with cotton candy. 😔 2y
Alicia @Robothugs haha you're right!!! 2y
Laura317 It was heartbreaking! I could not believe some of the awful things that happened to her and her family! Great memoir. 2y
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MaryAnn1
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Longer than it needed to be and full of cliches. However, a worth while read from a courageous and talented young woman.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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What a wonderful and very timely book to listen to, not only is Diane‘s story every child‘s worst fear, but her experiences and struggles through being abandoned when her parents are seized and deported are heartbreaking. And with current decisions regarding DACA and other immigrant rules currently being reversed it‘s a very good time to read this book and learn more about the conversation and the many issues involved.

Texreader So so sad 2y
Alicia I just started listening to this one too! So far it is amazing and so timely. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Alicia That was my thought too. Perfect listen for right now. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Also up next! Finished one audiobook, time to start another for when I‘m driving or cleaning or anything else that I can‘t bury my nose in my book while doing! 😂 #BookishProblems

Just started and I can already tell this one is going to be an emotional listen.

Soubhiville I loved this audiobook!!! 2y
Laura317 This book really hit me in the feels. What she went through was awful. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 Yes, I‘m just finishing it up tonight. Such a traumatic experience, but I‘m glad she shared it with us and that I‘m learning about it. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Soubhiville I‘m listening to the audiobook too! 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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This is a story about home and gumption, told in a youthful and casual way. Trigger warning for self harm though. I listened to the audio read by the author. (picture from a CNN interview when she first started opening up about these events, prior to writing this book... She explains in the book how writing it came from a desire to tell a more rounded story that she could control.) #borders2017

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have this one waiting on audiobook for me.... I must get to it this fall! 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Current listen

saresmoore I‘ll be interested in your thoughts on this one. Good call with the audio! 2y
Gayan I liked this one a lot. I listened also. 2y
Soubhiville I loved this book! I also did the audio. 2y
Megabooks It‘s great 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Very timely read 😢

Guerrero reads the audiobook and is great. This memoir is primarily, but not exclusively, about her story as a child of immigrants who were deported back to their native Columbia when Diane was 14.

minkyb This has been on my radar. I must get to it! 2y
Shortstack I literally finished this today. 😂😂😂 It was wonderful! 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#anditsaugust #needsmorelove @RealLifeReading

Some recent releases that I feel are underrated! They range from comic books to memoirs, but most are poignant and important reads (except for maybe My Best Friend's Exorcism - that one is just a fun ride!).

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Hooked_on_books
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Diane's story of losing her parents to deportation and being set adrift alone in Boston at 14 is horrifying and heartbreaking. I'm glad she had told this story and I hope young people in similar situations find their way to it. It's so important to be sharing these stories, especially now, when we seem to live in such hatred.

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Iindseyosborne
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Really grateful this memoir exists and that Diane shared the story of her family, the good and bad parts. I think this falls under the same category as I Am Malala for me: an important story that I wholeheartedly recommend, with the caveat that because both used a co-author imitating their voices, it's not the best written book you'll ever read. Absolutely still recommend, just setting expectations appropriately. 💜

Megabooks Agreed! 2y
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prowlix
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I suppose this is #WTForecast way of telling me it's time for an #audiowalk ? I have about 2 more hours on this audiobook and am liking it. The writing is mediocre but hearing Diane tell her own story is pretty moving.

MrBook 😂 2y
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MallenNC
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All of these books feature families. Two of them are memoirs and the other three are novels. #Family #JubilantJuly @RealLifeReading

EchoLogical I keep saying that I'm gonna read the Turner House soon. I've been saying that for two years. 😂 2y
MallenNC @EchoLogical I liked it a lot. I hope the author has another book soon. 2y
EchoLogical @MallenNC I do too. I met her at the Decatur Book Festival a few years ago and bought the book because she was so nice but never read it. Maybe I'll read it next. 2y
MallenNC @EchoLogical I've done that with authors too! Some I've met at events and others I've followed on Twitter, and they seem nice or cool so I hope I'll like their books! 2y
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stacybmartin
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An honest and eye-opening memoir of what some people have to face in our country. I love her in Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin and knew nothing about this backstory. She showed an unbelievable strength and resilience during an impossible situation.

rachellayown Such a fantastic book! 2y
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prowlix
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Next up on my #audiowalk - I feel like this is pretty appropriate to start around Independence Day!

kendrastephaniekaryn I loved this one! 2y
maximoffs I've been meaning to start this! 2y
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