En el país que amamos Mi familia dividida

Diane Guerrero, 1986-

Book - 2016

"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 and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia 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. [Th...is] 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 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 like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company 2016.
Edition
Primera edición
Language
Spanish
English
Item Description
Translation of: In the country we love.
Physical Description
289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781627798334
1627798331
Main Author
Diane Guerrero, 1986- (author)
Other Authors
Michelle Burford (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When actress Guerrero landed a role on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, it marked the first time in her life that she could breathe easy. While this memoir charts her road to success, it is, above all, an account of being born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants, who—despite their desperate attempts to gain citizenship—were deported to Colombia when Guerrero was just 14. Hers is an all-too-common story, yet one that is rarely heard. Left to fend for herself, Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers, particularly young adults. She begins each chapter with a personal photo and writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country's flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities U.S. citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When Guerrero was 14, she returned home from school to find that her parents and older brother had been deported as undocumented; because she was born here, Guerrero was able to remain. This memoir explains how she survived to become a familiar face for her standout roles (e.g., Orange Is the New Black; Jane the Virgin) while also painting a stark picture of the fearfulness of an undocumented immigrant's life. [Page 75]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Readers might recognize Guerrero as Maritza from the TV series Orange Is the New Black, and Lina from Jane the Virgin. From watching the actress on television, viewers might think they know her, but there is more to her backstory than most could imagine. When the author was 14, her parents were both deported back to Colombia. Born in the United States, Guerrero chose to stay and continue her education. However, she was left entirely alone as a minor. She paints a scrappy picture of herself; she is resourceful and determined and graduates from high school and then college. Yet the separation from her parents creates emotional aftershocks. She suffers from depression, self-medicates with alcohol, cuts herself, and attempts suicide, an incident that propels her to seek the help that gets her back on track. Guerrero's story illustrates why and how the U.S. immigration system is broken, and though she could have ended up a statistic, she instead works her way into a successful career. Without the support of her friends and extended family, this wouldn't have been possible. VERDICT This account will help readers understand the need for significant revisions to the immigration system that will increase stability for families and children seeking opportunities and safety. [See Prepub Alert, 11/9/15.]—Rachael Dreyer, Pennsylvania State Univ. Dept. of Libs. (c) Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Guerro, an actress best known for her roles on Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was born in the U.S. to Colombian parents. They lived in the States while undocumented until they were deported in 2001. Guerro, 14 at the time, was left on her own with no government oversight whatsoever, a harrowing situation that she recounts with honesty, pathos, and bravery. Like many of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, her parents worked in countless low-paying menial jobs while in constant fear, knowing that they could be snatched away any time. They tried to obtain green cards and citizenship through legal channels, but were scammed by a con artist. Guerro, writing with Oprah magazine founding editor Burford, could have been placed in state care, but she was one of the lucky ones: friends and family took her in and helped her get into the Boston Arts Academy. She still suffered in her parents' absence, growing increasingly depressed with no one to confide in. The depression led to alcoholic blackouts, self-injury, and a near-suicide before she opened up to a therapist and got much-needed help. Guerro transforms a truly terrible situation into something meaningful, using her story and her role as an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House to try to help other immigrant families left in this terrible position. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Teens may recognize Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black, where she plays Maritza ("If you want more pizza, vote for Maritza!"), or Jane the Virgin, where she plays the title character's BFF Lina. In recent months, Guerrero has been speaking out about immigration reform, and this book explains why: when she was 14, she came home from school one day to find that her parents had been arrested; they were ultimately deported to Colombia. Guerrero, born in the United States, was more fortunate than most young people in this situation, in that her family had a strong contingent of friends who lived nearby and who took her in, allowing her to continue her schooling. But she describes how she never truly felt at home once her parents were gone: she tried to minimize the space she took up; she always asked permission, even to eat a snack; she did household chores whenever she could; and she spent her free time worrying about how to achieve financial independence. Guerrero hid her story from others for years but eventually realized it was time to start dealing with her past and sharing her experience, in the hopes of helping others in the same situation. Her acting career has given her the platform to do just that. VERDICT This touching memoir will resonate with teens who love acting as well as those who want to know more about of the lives of immigrants and refugees, or have experienced a similar situation to Guerrero's.—Sarah Flowers, formerly with Santa Clara County Library, CA [Page 90]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

La estrella de Orange is the New Black y de Jane the Virgin presenta su historia personal acerca de la grave situación en que se encuentran los inmigrantes indocumentados en este país.Diane Guerrero, la actriz de televisión del popular programa Orange is the New Black y de Jane the Virgin, contaba con sólo catorce años cuando un día sus padres y su hermano fueron arrestados y deportados mientras ella estaba en la escuela. Como había nacido en Estados Unidos, Guerrero pudo permanecer en el país y seguir estudiando gracias a la bondad de amigos de la familia, quienes se hicieron cargo de ella y la ayudaron a construir su propio camino y a que se convirtiera en una exitosa actriz de carrera sin tener la red de apoyo de su familia. En el país que amamos es una historia conmovedora y dolorosa sobre la resistencia extraordinaria de una mujer ante las aterradoras luchas que enfrentan los residentes indocumentados de este país. Hay más 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados viviendo en Estados Unidos, muchos de los cuales tienen hijos con ciudadanía estadounidense, pero cuya permanencia en este país es tan frágil como la de sus padres y cuyas historias no han sido contadas. Escrita en conjunto con Michelle Burford, esta autobiografía es una historia de triunfo personal que, además, arroja una muy necesaria luz sobre los miedos que permean la vida diaria de familias como la de la autora y sobre un sistema que les falla una y otra vez.