Call me American A memoir

Abdi Nor Iftin

Book - 2018

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist g...roup al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America was filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi. Now a proud resident of Maine and on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Physical Description
310 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781524732196
9780525433026
Main Author
Abdi Nor Iftin (author)
Other Authors
Max Alexander, 1957- (author)
  • Under the neem tree
  • The first bullets
  • Trail of thorns
  • City of women and children
  • Arabic to English
  • The one they call American
  • Buufis
  • Wedding vows
  • Sin and punishment
  • Trapped
  • No number
  • Messages from Mogadishu
  • Little Mogadishu
  • Long odds
  • White rooms
  • Respect
  • Epilogue.