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I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir Paperback – Illustrated, April 30, 2019

4.8 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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“Malaka Gharib’s graphic memoir I Was Their American Dream tells the story of her experience as a first-generation American of Filipino and Egyptian descent. Gharib’s red-white-and-blue graphic palette serves as the perfect frame for her journey as she navigates questions of belonging, loyalty, and identity with heartwarming humor and critical wit.”Kenyon Review

“A heartwarming tribute to immigrant families and their descendants trying to live the American dream.”Kirkus Reviews

“Malaka Gharib tells the origin story of a person, somebody with hopes and fears and dreams. . . . Malaka looks to the future, to the expansive family that she has built and inherited, across continents and cultures. This memoir is as much a tribute to them as is her own coming of age story.”—Jeff Daughterty, BookTrib

“With a sincere approach, this graphic memoir will bring to mind Persepolis, but it is absolutely on its own quirky wavelength.”—Henry Chamberlain, Comics Grinder

"I Was Their American Dream is a pure and utter delight. With both a deft lightness and a deep poignancy, Malaka Gharib perfectly captures the feeling of growing up—of being a child of immigrants, of being a woman of color, of being thrown in the mix between cultures, of love, of family—with nostalgia, humor, and heart. Her words and illustrations are wittily observed and emotional in equal measure, able to draw a laugh and a tear over the span of a single page. I Was Their American Dream is a portrait of growing up in America, and a portrait of family, that pulls off the feat of being both intimately specific and deeply universal at the same time. I adored this book."—Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and New York Times best-selling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda

About the Author

MALAKA GHARIB is an artist, journalist, and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. She lives in a row house with her husband Darren and her 9-year-old rice cooker.

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  • Lexile measure : GN490L
  • Paperback : 160 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525575115
  • Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
  • Product dimensions : 6.03 x 0.53 x 9.01 inches
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (April 30, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable graphic Immigrant Making it America memoir with quirky fun art
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