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

Upcoming Appearances

Sunday March 8 / 11:00am ET
Black, Brown and College Bound Summit
Tampa Convention Center
333 S Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602
more info

Wednesday March 11 / 3:30pm PT
San Francisco State University
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

Saturday March 13 / 9:45am PT
OYE Latinx Youth Conference
Cañada College
Main Theater
4200 Farm Hill Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94061
more info

Thursday March 19 / 7:30pm ET
The Connecticut Forum
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106

Monday March 23 / 7:00pm ET
Saint Joseph’s University
Chapel of Saint Joseph – Michael J. Smith, SJ, Memorial
5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Tuesday March 24 / 4:30pm ET
Deis Impact
Brandeis University
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02453

Thursday March 26 / 6:30pm CT
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404