In the Country We Love: My Family Divided
The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country
Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S.,...more
I recently watched Diane Guerrero's interview where she talked about her family’s deportation and this sudden need in me sparked to pick up In the Country We Love. And I'm so glad I listened because I was mesmerized. Within these pages, Guerrero talks elaborately about everything that led up to that dreadful moment where her family was taken and ...more
Diane Guerrero's high pitch voice --along with her 'girlie-girlie' personality was a little grating for me.....( not the author's fault - it's her voice). It's just that her voice - over a long period just wasn't comforting. At times the way she talked - in slang -'cool' - 'hip jargon' was a bit distracting from the more poignant issues at hand.
However, this young woman, lived in FEAR AS AS CHILD that her parents--illegal immigrants--would be deported from her. Diane was very ...more
I haven't watched Orange is the New Black so I don't know Diane Guerrero. But I read a really positive review of her memoir on GR which made me feel like listening to her read her own story -- which turns out to be like two books -- although somewhat intertwined:
Book 1: Guerrero tells the story of her family's move from Columbia to the US, how her parents lived ...more
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Celebrity memoirs can be hit or miss with me. I have found that unless they are either a) part of a fandom I ardently worship, b) have a story to tell that I can personally relate to, or c) just dishing out some A+ gossip, I have difficulty finishing them.
IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE is about Diane Guerrero's childhood. She grew up in numerous poor neighborhoods with her Colombian parents, both of whom were illegal immigrants. One day, when she ...more
It would be easy, and at first I found myself doing this too, to get ...more
In the Country We Love: My Family Divided is a memoir by Guerrero discussing the deportation of her parents when she was 14 and how this, as you can imagine, greatly impacted her life. She notes in the book how much a person changes from 14 to even just 18, and to have ...more
I am thankful that Guerrero sticks to discussing her family & life stories, rather ...more
Human beings are not categorically bad because of their mistakes. They can learn from their errors...more
Please note that the book has a co-author: Michelle Burford. Diane Guerrero is still rather young; she is born July 21, 1986. She is primarily an actress, not an author. It is to her credit that she saw the need for a co-author. She is writing this book to bring attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Definitely a worthy goal.
The author's youth is evident in the language used by the author. On one hand her ...more
This is a book about growing up as a child of immigrants when your parents have been detained then deported. How do you make a life in the US when you're 14 and have no family to turn to? Guerrero's story is heartbreaking and hard to read, especially as she talks about struggling with learning disorders and mental ...more
Diane’s parents came to the US on temporary visas and overstayed. Like many they were looking for a better life. Diane was born a US citizen. You get a glimpse of what life is like for the Dreamers (technically her brother) and their families. They are poor, but not impoverished. They try to live beneath the radar and not call attention to ...more
I listened to the audio version of this ...more
Thank you for sharing your very painful story, hoping it would help others.
Thank you for showing us your determination and sheer survival.
Thank you for sharing the times when you almost gave up and hit rock bottom.
Thank you for opening up the process that saved you from yourself.
Thank you for loving Boston (the place I consider "home").
Thank you for telling us there were some brave souls who helped you.
Thanks for saying a wall across the border is a stupid idea and why.
I don't know how many people are familiar with Diane Guerrero, but I first saw her in Orange is the New Black.
She's one of my favorite characters in the show and I honestly was surprised when I saw this book pop up as a new release in memoirs/biographies. And I was a bit gun shy about borrowing this because I was worried it would not be a good read. I am so happy I was wrong about that.
Besides an initial slow ...more
However, this was a poorly executed memoir. Guerrero used a co-writer but I do think the co-writer should’ve helped out more. This book uses text ...more
In the past, I had taken a rather unsympathetic stance on undocumented aliens. This book has totally changed how I ...more
The good: Guerrero's unfortunate plight (growing up without her parents) is an eye-opening look at the life of hard working and honest undocumented immigrants in the US. Perhaps her case is not typical, but the story is nevertheless gripping.
The bad: Everything else reads much like any other celebrity's life (i.e. growing up ...more
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