Call me American : a memoir

by Iftin, Abdi Nor,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.
Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee.
In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America--filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi--did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time- a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The author was born a Muslim under a neem tree in Somalia, probably in 1985 (he's not sure of the date, since birthdays are not celebrated or even recorded in Somalia). He grew up in privation and peril the former, thanks to terrible droughts, and the latter because of a seemingly endless civil war, which meant his life and those of his family were in constant danger. (I am six years old and learning that nowhere in the world is safe.) As a boy, he fell in love with America, teaching himself English by watching American movies and listening to American music, earning, in the process, the nickname Abdi American. When life in Somalia became untenable, he fled to Kenya, but life as a refugee was not much better until something miraculous happened: he won a place in the American Green Card Lottery, officially titled the Diversity Visa Program (which President Trump is now attempting to discontinue). How this ultimately led him to America is a story in itself, as suspenseful as the larger survival story that is his life, one distinguished by strength, wits, perseverance, and, it must be acknowledged, great good luck. His story is absolutely remarkable and always as compelling as a novel or, perhaps, one of the Hollywood movies that he says saved his life. Consider his an essential ur-immigrant story, one that is enlightening and immediate. Abdi is an inspiration.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "War-torn Somalia is the unlikely incubator for an immigrant success story in this wrenching yet hopeful autobiography. Iftin was five years old in 1991 when a decadeslong civil war engulfed the Somali capital of Mogadishu; his family witnessed massacres by militias, survived death marches, and endured years of starvation. His one escape from grim reality was a movie theater where he learned English watching American action movies, and his enthusiasm for the wealth, freedom, and rough justice depicted in them earned him the nickname ¿Abdi American.¿ That spelled trouble, however, when the rise of Islamic extremism brought harsh religious strictures¿he was flogged for going to the beach with a girl¿and attacks on anyone associated with America. A chance 2009 encounter with an American reporter got him a gig doing radio dispatches for NPR, and more Islamist threats; after his house was bombed, he fled to the enclave for persecuted Somalis in Kenya, and finally, after navigating the labyrinth of U.S. immigration rules, moved to rural Maine, where he now works as a translator. Written in limpid prose, Iftin¿s extraordinary saga is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatreds. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Iftin, Abdi Nor.
Somali Americans -- Maine -- Biography.
Immigrants -- Maine -- Biography.
Muslims -- Maine -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Contributors Alexander, Max, 1957- author.
Language English
Notes "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description 310 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781524732196
1524732192
9780525433026
0525433023
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