Dear America:
Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

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dearamericaThis is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.

Spanish Translation and Young Readers’ Edition also available.


Praise for Dear America

This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American. The pressing question that emerges from these pages isn’t whether Jose deserves to be a citizen but whether we, as a nation, deserve the bravery and generosity of spirit that he offers us with an open heart and mind.

– Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

This is a book for our times. Read it, feel it at a gut level, and go beyond the noise of hate politics. Jose Antonio Vargas’s personal story is a firsthand view of what it’s like to be a child raised with anxiety as the norm. This is a book about America. I cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.

– Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins

Yes, this book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary, but this is no one-note polemic. This is a deeply personal and multilayered story told so gently and with such affection and humor that one hopes — hopes — that it would convince even the most hardened nativist of the merits of the United States continuing to be what it has always been, a nation of eternal welcome.

– Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the What and The Monk of Mokha

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Oct 1 / 7:00pm ET
St. Bonaventure University
Reilly Center
3261 W State St
St Bonaventure, NY 14778

Oct 2 / 7:30pm ET
The New School Festival of New
66 W 12th St
New York, NY 10011

Oct 3 / 7:00pm ET
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center

87 Haywood St
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Oct 4 / 7:00pm CT
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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Oct 9 / 11:45am ET
University of Michigan-Flint
Northbank Center
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Flint, MI 48502

Oct 10 / 7:00pm CT
St. Edwards University
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3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Oct 11 / 12:30pm ET
Define American Summit
Galt House Hotel
140 N 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

Oct 12 / 4:00pm ET
The New Yorker Festival
Gerald W Lynch Theater
524 W 59th St
New York, NY 10019

Oct 14 / 5:30pm CT
Chicago Ideas Week
Edlis Neeson Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Oct 16 / 5:30pm ET
Duke University
Penn Pavilion
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Durham, NC 27710
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Rollins College
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Western Wyoming Community College
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Rock Springs, WY 82901

Oct 29 /
Washington, DC

Nov 1 / 4:00pm ET
Syracuse University
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Syracuse, New York 13244
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Copperfield’s Books Inc.
140 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA 94952

Nov 10 / 9:30am PT
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108