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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

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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.,

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Yumna Hussain I don't know if you noticed but once you flip the book to the back you can actually see a picture of the same girl, Diane when she was much younger.…moreI don't know if you noticed but once you flip the book to the back you can actually see a picture of the same girl, Diane when she was much younger. The author recreates a childhood picture to show her readers that she's still the same person.(less)
Yumna Hussain I have to agree with you...the fact that some readers may not have experienced this kind of family separation can't fully understand the author's…moreI have to agree with you...the fact that some readers may not have experienced this kind of family separation can't fully understand the author's pain. (less)
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Nat
“For the thousands of nameless children who feel as forgotten as I did—this memoir is my gift to you. It’s as much for your healing as it is for my own.”

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
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I used one of my precious Audible credits to listen to this book by the beautiful Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin actress, and my credit was well spent. In today’s current political climate, I think this tale of the way this country has failed immigrants attempting to legally become citizens is very important and should be a mandatory reading for anyone talking in all seriousness about building walls and “bad hombres.” Guerrero’s parents were ripped from her at the tender age of 14 ...more
Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
Audiobook.....
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
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Esil
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I listened to the audio of In the Country We Love. I feel like I listened to two stories -- one I loved and the other one I found so so.

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
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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
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
As part of my Borders 2017 reading project, I wanted to read at least one book discussing undocumented people in America. Diane Guerrero is the only American-born member of her family, and when she was 14, her parents and brother were deported to Colombia. She arrived home to find an empty house, and the INS and Dept of Social Services somehow let her slip through the cracks. Thankfully the family had friends that took her in.

It would be easy, and at first I found myself doing this too, to get
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Maxwell
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I commend the author so much for how completely vulnerable she was in telling this story, not only of her parents' deportation, but also of her struggles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. It's sadly an all-too-common story, but one that she and millions of other children in her situation may not hear or see or read about in their youth. And that's such a formative time to feel supported, secure, or at the very least, seen. The writing is true to her voice, especially as it slips ...more
Brandice
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was unfamiliar with Diane Guerrero prior to watching Orange is the New Black and I haven’t seen anything else she’s appeared in. While I was curious to check this book out, I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it.

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
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Trevor
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, dl, memoir
While COUNTRY sheds a heartbreaking insight into the way the U.S. treats immigrants, I felt that Guerrero's tone was a bit unnecessary & distracting to the themes of this book. (Trying to make jokes at inappropriate times ruins the powerful punch this could have given & the lacked the seriousness for such heavy topics. Thankfully, this doesn't occur over a long duration, but it is still noticeable.)

I am thankful that Guerrero sticks to discussing her family & life stories, rather
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Taryn Pierson
Diane Guerrero has some important things to say about immigration reform in this country, but she gets in her own way a bit with the tone she chooses for this memoir. She was only fourteen years old when her parents were arrested while she was at school, and after they were swiftly deported back to their native Colombia, their only daughter was left completely alone. No one showed up to check on her welfare—not police, not ICE, not child protective services. So not only did her parents disappear ...more
Jessica Jeffers
When Diane Guerrero was just fourteen, she came home from school to find that her parents had been deported. They’d come from Colombia to New Jersey on a work visa before she was born (and they later moved to Boston), with every intention of pursuing permanent residency or citizenship. But a combination of factors stood in their way. One was fear that simply pursuing the process would put them on ICE’s radar and get them deported. They were uncertain of exactly how to go about the process ...more
Rincey
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 star story written in a 3 star style so... 3.5 stars. I think this would've been a significantly better experience on audiobook.
Taryn
Heart-breaking and politically relevant memoir with an authentic voice. Diane Guerrero, actress in the popular TV shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, tells the story of her parents' deportation and the devastating effect it had on all of their lives. It reveals the circumstances that many undocumented immigrants live with on a daily basis. This title will be released on May 3, 2016.

Human beings are not categorically bad because of their mistakes. They can learn from their errors
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Chrissie
This falls somewhere between three or four stars.

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
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Kelly
You need not know anything about Guerrero or her career to read this book. It's not about how she made her break or what her path to Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin were.

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
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Taylor Knight
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Diane from Jane the Virgin and I also loved her in Orange is the New Black so when I randomly seen this book on Book Outlet, I had to grab a copy. I read it soon after receiving it in the mail, which is pretty rare for me to read a book right away. I thought this book was amazing. I learned a lot from reading it and I was shown a perspective that I haven't seen before. I really appreciate everything that Diane put into this book and it's definitely worth a read.
Michael
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-memoirs
Diane Guerrero story of immigrant parents touched me deeply. I am not that familiar with the actress, neither did I watch the show, Orange is the New Black interest me. I tried to get into it but was bored midway through the first episode, but I may go back to watch it. Back to the book, I thought that this was extraordinary but heartbreaking reading though the painful scenes. Tracing back to her childhood,Guerrero tells the story of her family persistence, faith and hard work ethic. I liked the ...more
Louise
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured there would be some hard knocks in her past, but Diane Guerrero’s life (and particularly her response to her situation) was way more than I expected.

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
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Hannah
Diane Guerrero shares her story of growing up as the child of undocumented immigrants as a way of advocating for better immigration laws. Her parents were deported when she was only 14; for some reason nobody came for her and so she spent the next years with different friends of her family. She tells both the story of her life until then as well as her struggles afterwards. It is a very important and timely book and one I am glad to have read /listened to.

I listened to the audio version of this
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Rachel
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most important books to read this year, given our current political landscape. My heart ached for Diane as I read her devastating story of hardship and heartbreak. Here is an unflinching, honest account of the unfortunate consequences of chasing the American Dream, and how our government often fails those who work their hardest to achieve prosperity and security for themselves and their loved ones. Guerrero recounts her painful memories with the greater purpose of encouraging others ...more
Alisha
While reading In the Country We Love, I found myself relating to Diane on more than one occasion. Having been born to a single mother who immigrated from Mexico at the age of seventeen to seek a better life I saw qualities that Diane’s parents had that my mother has as well. I was born here in the states in 1991 making me Mexican-American, I have always been proud to have Latina blood. My mother faced many challenges and struggles coming to this country with her two younger brothers and her ...more
Barbara
Thank you Diane Guerrero.
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.
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I listened to Diane Guerrero narrate this on audio, which I highly recommend. This is an important read, and it was brave of Guerrero, of Orange is the New Black fame, to share her family's story. A heartfelt exploration of her immigrant family's experience in the U.S., and her life after her family was deported leaving her to fend for herself. More thoughts to come.
Saajid Hosein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far one the best books I've ever read. Standing fucking ovation.
Francesca
Aug 17, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I need to read this ASAP!
Obsidian
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

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
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Jenny Bunting
Now more than ever, we need as many immigrant/deportation narratives as we can get. Guerrero’s story is heart-breaking and put a face and a name to the need for immigration reform. Her story will add to the conversation in a meaningful way. I do genuinely like Guerrero and I am familiar with her work on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin.

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
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Laura
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse, biography, memoir
There is not much that I can add other's reviews of this memoir by Diane Guerrero. It was fascinating to see how Diane survived being left basically orphaned when the US Government deported her parents back to Colombia. At 14 years old, she was left in the country of her birth (USA) with no parents, and no one in the government even seemed to know or care that she was left alone.

In the past, I had taken a rather unsympathetic stance on undocumented aliens. This book has totally changed how I
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Praxedes
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though not a fan of celebrity autobiographies, my darling niece was so into this book I just had to take a look. She is a strong reader which is something that connects us.

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
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Reshma Patel
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at her book signing in D.C. this past weekend and finished it within a day. It's an easy-read and she puts a spotlight on controversial issues that are hot right now (i.e. immigration reform, mental health). The book is her memoir. She recounts her memories as a child growing up with her Columbian family before her parents and brother were deported. Guerrero makes her stories growing up relatable and will have any any second-generation American feeling nostalgic. Her journey ...more
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Diane Guerrero is an actress on the hit shows Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin. She volunteers with the nonprofit Immigrant Legal Resource Center, as well as with Mi Familia Vota, an organization that promotes civic involvement. She has been named an Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization by the White House. She lives in New York City.
“We don't do all our growing up between birth and adolescence or even our twenties. If we're fortunate, we never stop.” 10 likes
“My work on Orange has taught me this: Human beings are not categorically bad because of their mistakes. They can learn from their errors and get back on track. No one should be forever written off because of one part of his or her history.” 9 likes
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