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In the Country We Love: My Family Book Review

The question of immigration has existed since the founding of the United States in the late 1800’s. These days, it has become an issue that is dividing the country. But underneath the issue are thousands, if not millions of individual stories that need to be heard and seen. Diane Guerrero‘s story is one of them.

Best known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, Ms. Guerrero is the American born daughter of Colombian immigrants who were deported back to the country of their birth when their daughter was a teenager. Her life story is detailed in the new memoir In the Country We Love: My Family. Born in the mid 1980’s to Colombian immigrants who cam to America on a visa and tried to gain citizenship up until the time that they were deported, Ms. Guerrero understood from a very young age about her parents immigration status. After her parents were deported, she survived as best she could, but the loss of her parents took a toll on her that took years to deal with. It was only with professional help and revisiting her love of performing that put the spark back in her life.

This book is amazing and a must read, regardless of where the readers stands on the immigration debate. Not only is is easy to read, but it puts the humanity and a face on a subject is often hard to humanize.

I recommend it.

 

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The Perfect Response To Subway Preacher By Lea DeLaria

I don’t know about any other city’s transportation system, but some people presume that the New York City Subway System is the perfect place to preach the word of G-d.

While the prevailing wisdom for most people is to keep their heads down and ignore the subway preachers, Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria decided to call one preacher out on his b*llshit.

From my perspective, her response to the man is brilliant. I am all for freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but the transit system is not the time or the place to try to bring in new believers. Perhaps this man has learned his lesson about using the subway as his pulpit.

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