Alien Nation: A Celebration of Immigration from the Stage to the Page is an anthology of 36 true stories of immigration. There is a wide variety of voices, backgrounds, and visions. The one common thread is the desire to belong within America and the sense that no matter how hard an immigrant tries, they may never be able to accomplish this.
The voices of these stories are so strong. Their stories are group thematically into seven sections which I felt helped better organize the anthology. The stories are filled with humor, strength, trauma, and emotion. There is no one voice that is similar to another. The diversity within this anthology is strong and helps break down immigrants into less monolithic groups and instead treats them as individuals.
The individuals who tell their story within this anthology are so courageous. I was deeply humbled by reading their stories and learning about their struggles and their victories. So many of these types of stories are never told and this is a shame. They really are the foundation of America as a country no matter how many people try to deny it. It was also obvious to me that there were alot of mixed emotions that were being brought forth by the election of the 45th president of the United States.
Alien Nation has 36 stories that are important and bring something forward that we can reflect on. Some of the stories are more upbeat and filled with joy while some of the stories are a bit more critical and heartbreaking. I enjoyed reading all of them and would recommend that others give themselves the same opportunity. It definitely gives you a new perspective regarding our ever growing and changing nation.
Rating: 4 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**