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Here we are : American dreams, American nightmares / Aarti Namdev Shahani.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250204752
  • ISBN: 1250204755
  • Physical Description: 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Act 1. Backstory -- Act 2. We made it -- Act 3. Breaking at the seams -- Intermission : Reporting the case -- Act 4. Stranger things -- Act 5. Stretch goal -- Act 6. Leaving and finding home -- Epilogue: Dear Dad.
Summary, etc.:
The Shahanis came to Queens--from India, by way of Casablanca--in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few unsteady years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. This is the story of how they did, and didn't; the unforeseen obstacles that propelled them into years of disillusionment and heartbreak; and the strength of a family determined to stay together. -- inside front book jacket flap.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    NPR correspondent Shahani and her family arrived in Queens in the 1980s from India. Her parents had left an abusive family situation behind, and planned to start over in New York with their three children. Though both parents spoke multiple languages and had been successful in India, they struggled to support the family after settling in the U.S. After a few false starts, Shahani's father opened an electronics store with his brother. But suddenly, the family's American Dream shattered: Shahani's father and uncle were arrested for selling goods to members of a drug cartel. Despite the flimsy case against them, their lawyer advised the two men to accept a plea bargain and serve time in Rikers Island. Shahani's memoir chronicles the long-term effects of the arrest and imprisonment—which the judge later explained could have been easily avoided—on the family's life for decades after. Shahani balances an extremely personal story with a journalistic attention to detail. Here We Are is an American story of immigration, familial loyalty, and strength in the face of injustice. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Aarti Namdev Shahani is the author of memoir Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares. She is a correspondent for NPR based in Silicon Valley, covering the largest companies on earth. Her reporting has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. Before journalism, Shahani was a community organizer in New York City, helping prisoners and families facing deportation. Her activism was honored by the Union Square Awards and Legal Aid Society. She received a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the university and the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She completed her bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was among the youngest recipients of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and is an alumna of A Better Chance, Inc. Shahani grew up in Flushing, Queens—in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country—and believes every American should visit her hometown to understand what makes America great.

Subject: Shahani, Aarti Namdev.
Shahani, Aarti Namdev > Family.
East Indian Americans > Biography.
Immigrants > United States > Biography.
Fathers and daughters > United States > Biography.
Radio journalists > United States > Biography.
East Indian Americans.
Fathers and daughters.
Radio journalists.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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