This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman

Ilhan Omar was only eight years old when war broke out in Somalia. The youngest of seven children, her mother had died while Ilhan was still a little girl. She was being raised by her father and grandfather when armed gunmen attacked their compound and the family decided to flee Mogadishu. They ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where Ilhan says she came to understand the deep meaning of hunger and death. Four years later, after a painstaking vetting process, her family achieved refugee status and arrived in Arlington, Virginia.

Aged twelve, penniless, speaking only Somali and having missed out on years of schooling, Ilhan rolled up her sleeves, determined to find her American dream. Faced with the many challenges of being a Muslim refugee, she questioned stereotypes and built bridges with her classmates and in her community. In under two decades she became a grassroots organizer, graduated from college and was elected to congress with a record-breaking turnout by the people of Minnesota—ready to keep pushing boundaries and restore moral clarity as she sees it in Washington D.C.

Title:This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman
ISBN:9780062954237
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  • Will Byrnes

    I was a particularly tiny child, so anyone who didn’t know me assumed I was a coward. The runt who always got bullied at school. But I wasn’t afraid of fighting. I felt like I was bigger and st...

  • Michael

    Clear, lucid, arresting. Omar swiftly covers her childhood, coming of age, and the origins of her political career, taking care to connect her lived experiences to her beliefs about immigration, healt...

  • Josh Hedgepeth

    I haven't read this, but I'm rating it 5 star until I do to fight the racist and islamophobic 1 star ratings....

  • VL

    Congresswoman Omar's story is heartbreaking and necessary. She has faced racism countless times and continues to rise above. ...

  • P

    An ingrate traitor in our midst....

  • Wil

    Exactly what you want a memoir to be: personal. Read Ilhan’s story in her own words. Not manipulated or biased. Her strength and vulnerability are in full display as she takes you from the school ya...

  • LeeTravelGoddess

    what a lovely book. I loved Representative Omar’s story and believe it to be amongst my tops for 2020! 💚💚💚 wow, what a story young lady. WOW! ...

  • George Slade

    Finished this in about a day. Great story. I hope Ilhan and the rest those like her continue to run and win elections. We need more people like running legislatures all around this country. ...

  • Amy Bullis

    Just finished this ARC due to be released in May. Even if you don't agree with her political position, this is a fascinating story of her life from a child in Mogadishu, to her role as a US Congresswo...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    I am a fan of the politician not the political autobiography. I don't want the dirt but I would like to know a little more of her thoughts. It is a straightforward formal and reticent political biogr...