Little Thumb of America: Finding My Birth Mother in El Salvador Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2507 KB
- Publication date : April 12, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Salvador Briggman LLC (April 12, 2019)
- ASIN : B07Q7SRCG6
- Print length : 169 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1092394656
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story in its entirety is very inspiring as the author achieves everything he sets his mind on. From building his own business to finding long-lost connections, he does it all and proves naysayers wrong. With all its shades of grey intact, the story is believable, helps you fit the pieces of your own existence together, and move ahead with renewed optimism.
In another instance, he visits a restaurant specializing in food from El Salvador and sees a family eating. “This is the kind of food they were used to. The food they ate since they were a little boy or girl. To them, this was… a refuge from the American food. To me, it was foreign and a mystery.” As international adoptees, we grow up eating American cuisine, so we see food from our birth country as foreign. This is, of course, completely opposite of most immigrants’ experience.
No matter if you are part of the adoption community, or if you purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend or Amazon bot, you will immediately be drawn into this fast-paced narrative. We’re immediately hit by the author’s two identities colliding when a simple YouTube reaction to a 23 and Me reveal causes him to ponder how he thinks about his birth country as someone who grew up in a white middle-class American household. We get a whirlwind of his life and adventures as an entrepreneur as a way to introduce himself and give us his perspective on how he thinks and goes through the world in this conversational narrative.
The author's descriptions of his past and present are very vivid and you enter the scene with him. Sometimes you are taken along through his stream of consciousness thoughts, but you are always brought back to the action of the story. Also, we witness his mishaps of a middle-class American traveling to a foreign country that readers who have traveled have also probably experienced. He is honest about his fears regarding the gang-violence in El Salvador and admits that is how his birth-country has been presented in the American media. This frank discussion about his assumptions was a bit jarring, but I quickly remembered that he has grown up in a white American household with its assumptions just like I had. Therefore, I could forgive him for having the same prejudices as I do.
Does he meet his mom? I'm not giving that one away, but I can say that the trip gives him a fresh view of his birth country and his life. Leaving the rat-race of New York to sip a mojito on a beach in El Salvador allows him to reflect on his identity as an adoptee. He leaves El Salvador with a greater appreciation for his parents, the joy raising him brought them, and the opportunities he has received in America. He wishes to use his gifts to bring opportunities to El Salvador and have his life come full circle.
Sal Briggman writes in a very personable fashion; it's as if he is talking with a friend, as he tells his story and communicates his feelings about whatever situation he is going through at the particular moment. I felt as if I was a friend of his, which was nice and made reading the book very enjoyable. I am almost twice the age of Briggman, and I found it interesting to learn about his career, his colloquialisms, and his readiness to travel so far with the hope of learning more about his heritage. He is a very inspirational speaker and appears to have high hopes of improving the lives of others. I would recommend this book to those seeking a light read that is easy to follow.
This book will take you on a roller coaster of feels, although it had too many details at times concerning his education/work history, it absolutely captures the beauty of a small country and the love from the authors adoptive family and his biological one. You will be taken to an adventure to hidden gems in El Salvador!
I’ve had the privilege of reading many books so far in 2019, and this one is undoubtedly the most inspiring of them all. I wholeheartedly recommend you reading this!