This is what America looks like : my journey from refugee to Congresswoman

by Omar, Ilhan, 1981-

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Summary

Named a Best Political Book of the Year by The Atlantic

"This Is What America Looks Like is the origin story of a leader who, finding no set path that would take a person like her to the places she wanted to go, was forced, and free, to chart her own." -The New York Times Book Review

"Ilhan has been an inspiring figure well before her time in Congress. This book will give you insight into the person and sister that I see--passionate, caring, witty, and above all committed to positive change. It's an honor to serve alongside her in the fight for a more just world." --Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

An intimate and rousing memoir by progressive trailblazer Ilhan Omar--the first African refugee, the first Somali-American, and one of the first Muslim women, elected to Congress.



Ilhan Omar was only eight years old when war broke out in Somalia. The youngest of seven children, her mother had died while Ilhan was still a little girl. She was being raised by her father and grandfather when armed gunmen attacked their compound and the family decided to flee Mogadishu. They ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where Ilhan says she came to understand the deep meaning of hunger and death. Four years later, after a painstaking vetting process, her family achieved refugee status and arrived in Arlington, Virginia.

Aged twelve, penniless, speaking only Somali and having missed out on years of schooling, Ilhan rolled up her sleeves, determined to find her American dream. Faced with the many challenges of being an immigrant and a refugee, she questioned stereotypes and built bridges with her classmates and in her community. In under two decades she became a grassroots organizer, graduated from college and was elected to congress with a record-breaking turnout by the people of Minnesota--ready to keep pushing boundaries and restore moral clarity in Washington D.C.

A beacon of positivity in dark times, Congresswoman Omar has weathered many political storms and yet maintained her signature grace, wit and love of country--all the while speaking up for her beliefs. Similarly, in chronicling her remarkable personal journey, Ilhan is both lyrical and unsentimental, and her irrepressible spirit, patriotism, friendship and faith are visible on every page. As a result, This is What America Looks Like is both the inspiring coming of age story of a refugee and a multidimensional tale of the hopes and aspirations, disappointments and failures, successes, sacrifices and surprises, of a devoted public servant with unshakable faith in the promise of America.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "On January 3, 2019, Omar was sworn into the one-hundred-sixteenth Congress with a record-breaking 100 other women, 43 of whom were women of color. She stood there as one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and the first Somali American legislator. Less than two decades before, she entered the U.S. as a refugee. Omar's story is the embodiment of the American dream. She was just eight when her family was driven out of their home in Mogadishu because of civil war, then spent the next four years in a refugee camp. When she arrived in America, she knew no English and had lost years of schooling, yet her determined and unapologetic spirit did not falter. In a memoir that is both vulnerable and extremely powerful, Omar asserts pride for the country that took her in when she had nothing and the commitment to make sure America lives up to the dreams it has promised everyone, regardless of gender, race, or religion. In telling her remarkable story, Omar reminds us all of what it means to fearlessly strive for a better life, a better nation, and a better world.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Minnesota representative Omar debuts with a brisk and forthright recounting of her life story from her childhood in Mogadishu to her first year in office as the first Somali-American, and one of the first two Muslim women, elected to Congress. She movingly details how her family's comfortable, middle-class existence in Somalia was disrupted by the outbreak of civil war in 1992, and the four years she and her siblings spent in refugee camps before their single father (Omar's mother died when she was two) won the "golden ticket" of a U.S. visa. Omar recalls her shock at seeing homeless people on the streets of New York City, and spending much of her first year of middle school in detention for fighting. She describes struggling as a teenager to follow her father's rules, and an emotional "breakdown" involving the dissolution of her first marriage and a yearlong separation from her family. She credits her political philosophy to her experiences as a nutrition educator for underserved communities in Minneapolis, offers incisive rundowns of her early campaigns, and apologizes for the use of an anti-Semitic trope to criticize U.S.-Israeli policy without backing down from her larger point. Polished and frequently poignant, this memoir confirms Omar's status as rising Democratic star. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Omar, Ilhan, -- 1981-
United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography.
Women legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
African American women legislators -- Biography.
Somali Americans -- Minnesota -- Biography.
Muslims -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-2021
Biographies.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Paley, Rebecca, author.
Language English
Description 275 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-275).
ISBN 9780062954213
0062954210
9780062954220
0062954229
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