A brave, inspirational and wonderfully frank account of one woman’s incredible journey from a refugee camp to her current role as a US Congresswoman. Omar’s book is a powerful exploration of what it is like to be a Muslim immigrant in the US today, with courage and irrepressible spirit shining off every page.
Ilhan Omar's career is a collection of historic firsts: she is the first refugee, the first Somali-American and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Against a xenophobic and divisive administration, she has risen to global fame as a powerful voice in the Democratic Party's new progressive chorus of congresswomen of colour.
This Is What America Looks Like is a tale of the aspirations, disappointments, successes and surprises in the life of an immigrant and Muslim in the US today. This is Omar's story told on her own terms: from a childhood in Mogadishu and four long years at a Kenyan refugee camp, to her arrival in America--penniless and speaking only Somali--and her triumphant election to the US House of Representatives.
In the face of merciless slander and constant attacks from opponents in both parties, Omar continues to speak up for her beliefs. Courageous, hopeful and defiant, her memoir is marked by her irrepressible spirit, even in the darkest of times.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'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 honour to serve alongside her in the fight for a more just world.' - Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
'Rep. Ilhan Omar is not just pushing America to live up to its best ideals--she's showing us how the struggle for inclusion and solidarity can transform our communities in the here and now. This book is a gripping, wonderfully frank account of a remarkable political journey that is just getting started. As dazzling as its author.' - Naomi Klein
'Ilhan Omar has a quintessentially American story, told beautifully in the pages of this book. In the House, Ilhan is an eloquent spokesperson for her point of view. I am grateful that her journey brought her to us.' - Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives
'A powerful and inspirational story that demonstrates the need for representation in government that reflects the diversity of our nation.' - Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
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