Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American

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Publisher Description

“Go back to where you came from, you terrorist!”

This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and helpful tips that Wajahat Ali and other children of immigrants receive on a daily basis. Go back where, exactly? Fremont, California, where he grew up, but is now an unaffordable place to live? Or Pakistan, the country his parents left behind a half-century ago?

Growing up living the suburban American dream, young Wajahat devoured comic books (devoid of brown superheroes) and fielded well-intentioned advice from uncles and aunties. (“Become a doctor!”) He had turmeric stains under his fingernails, was accident-prone, suffered from OCD, and wore Husky pants, but he was as American as his neighbors, with roots all over the world. Then, while Ali was studying at University of California, Berkeley, 9/11 happened. Muslims replaced communists as America’s enemy #1, and he became an accidental spokesman and ambassador of all ordinary, unthreatening things Muslim-y.

Now a middle-aged dad, Ali has become one of the foremost and funniest public intellectuals in America. In Go Back to Where You Came From, he tackles the dangers of Islamophobia, white supremacy, and chocolate hummus, peppering personal stories with astute insights into national security, immigration, and pop culture. In this refreshingly bold, hopeful, and uproarious memoir, Ali offers indispensable lessons for cultivating a more compassionate, inclusive, and delicious America.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2022
January 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

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Insightful, hilarious, poignant.

I feel like I read the book of a big brother. Someone whose life closely resembled mine and the inner workings of that mind shaped by growing up as an ethnic outcast in America. There are many reasons to become sad when reading his story, but he invited an optimism with his humor to keep reading. I do hope to join his version of avengers and pursue a more literal career path as he did. Thank you for the inspiration!

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