Here We Are

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Here We Are
  • Aarti Namdev Shahani
  • 22 March 2018
  • 1250204755

About the Author: Aarti Namdev Shahani

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Here We Are A heartfelt memoir about the immigrant experience from NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani.Who really belongs in America That question has chased every newcomer and many native born since the founding of the republic In this heart wrenching, vulnerable and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer one that she finds in an unlikely place.The Shahanis came to Queens from India, by way of Casablanca in the 1980s They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they d made it This memoir is the story of how they did, and didn t Here We Are American Dreams, American Nightmares follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan s most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines It isn t a matter of good or evil it s complicated.Ultimately, Here We Are is a coming of age story, a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft spoken Old World father She never expected they d become best friends. Download Here We Are author Aarti Namdev Shahani – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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11 thoughts on “Here We Are

  1. Monika Sadowski says:

    I loved this book so much and it made me very emotional because I am immigrant myself I came to this country when I was 24 years old My parents struggled the same way that Aarti parents did But because of this whole experience we became stronger people and sky is the limit Very well written memoir by aartinamdevshahani, I could feel the strong connection between Aarti and her father, and other members of the family Author also talks about how justice system is broken and corrupt specially I loved this book so much and it made me very emotional because I am immigrant myself I came to this country when I was 24 years old My parents struggled the same way that Aarti parents did But because of this whole experience we became stronger people and sky is the limit Very well written memoir by aartinamdevshahani, I could feel the strong connection between Aarti and her father, and other members of the family Author also talks about how justice system is broken and corrupt sp...

  2. Viral says:

    Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Aarti Shahani for signing my copy When my friend and I, who are both South Asian, were getting this book signed at BEA we were kinda stunned It s rare you see a desi writer, especially in something that isn t in the sciences Shahani asked both of us where in the homeland we were from I ll never get tired of the excitement I feel when I say my family is from Gujarat and that actually means something to the person I m talking to , and she told Thanks to MacMillan for the ARC at BEA 2019, and to Aarti Shahani for signing my copy When my friend and I, who are both South Asian, were getting this book signed at BEA we were kinda stunned It s rare you see a desi writer, especially in something that isn t in the sciences Shahani asked both of us where in the homeland we were from I ll never get tired of the excitement I feel when I say my family is from Gujarat and that actually means something to the person I m talking to , and she told us she hoped the book would resonate with us, as fellow desis.I am very glad to report it did, in ways I couldn t have imagined.This book is Aarti Shahani telling her family s whole immigration story from her parents moving first to Morocco and then to Qu...

  3. Saloni says:

    Thank you to MacMillion for providing a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Aarti Shahani for signing my copy I ve loved to read ever since I was young I would look to books and book characters as my form of escapism and have been able to live hundreds of lives that in no way reflect mine To find myself in stories I would latch on the character traits or other aspects, ignoring how their culture and skin color would never match mine And especially when it comes to memoirs, I ve al Thank you to MacMillion for providing a copy of this book at BEA 2019 and thank you to Aarti Shahani for signing my copy I ve loved to read ever since I was young I would look to books and book characters as my form of escapism and have been able to live hundreds of lives that in no way reflect mine To find myself in stories I would latch on the character traits or other aspects, ignoring how their culture and skin color would never match mine And especially when it comes to memoirs, I ve always gotten the feeling that my story isn t worth being told That in the fight for justice and equality, I m not at the topbut I m not at the bottom so I should just stop complaining and appreciate what I ve got But I m so glad I have finally been able to read a story that resonates with me and my...

  4. Dr. Manu says:

    In today s America, so many of us have an Immigrant Story Those of us who identify as desi almost always can relate to each other on the stories of our parents arrival to this country and our upbringing What this book and this author accomplish is a miraculous feat a first hand poignant account of what has previously been the untold reality of the Immigrant Story in the US The struggles, the opportunists that prey on immigrant fear, the desire of immigrants to band together in community, t In today s America, so many of us have an Immigrant Story Those of us who identify as desi almost always can relate to each other on the stories of our parents arrival to this country and our upbringing What this book and this author accomplish is a miraculous feat a first hand poignant account of what has previously been the untold reality of the Immigrant Story in the US The struggles, the opportunists that prey on immigrant fear, the desire of immigrants to band together in community, the stress that children of immigrants silently bear, the fear of the American gov t that these families must endure But it is a story of strength above all else The kind of strength we all belie...

  5. Bookishfolk says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book I felt like I was given a front seat at a table that I have never sat at before and I truly felt honored to be there This is the story of the Shahani family, who came from India, through Casablanca, to Queens, New York It s a first hand, poignant account of what happens when undocumented people land on US soil, how undocumented people are treated, what is at risk for undocumented people, what happens to become documented, what life is like after you are document I thoroughly enjoyed this book I felt like I was given a front seat at a table that I have never sat at before and I truly felt honored to be there This is the story of the Shahani family, who came from India, through Casablanca, to Queens, New York It s a first hand, poignant account of what happens when undocumented people land on US soil, how undocumented people are treated, what is at risk for undocumented people, what happens to become documented, what life is like after you are documented, and everything in between Yes, this is a first and account and is unique from this particular woman, but from what I hear and from what I have read, this story resonates with many families trying who are ...

  6. Roxana Moussavian says:

    Here We Are is one of the most heartfelt, poignant books I have ever read It is raw It is human It is painful It is funny It is REAL I first of all praise the author for her courage in writing this book For allowing her readers an insider look into what she and her family had to go through the injustices of the legal system sometimes, unfortunately, it s not about the truth, it s about working the system , the impact on her family, and how it shaped her life It was clear in reading Here We Are is one of the most heartfelt, poignant books I have ever read It is raw It is human It is painful It is funny It is REAL I first of all praise the author for her courage in writing this book For allowing her readers an insider look into what she and her family had to go through the injustices of the legal system sometimes, unfortunately, it s not about the truth, it s about working the system , the impact on her family, and how it shaped her life It was clear in reading the book how this unfortunate experience truly shaped so much of who she is.For me, I often rate things by their sticking power how they impact me Since reading this, I am no joke CONSTANTLY thinking about this book For so many reasons One reason is that this book covers so many topics genres criminal justice reform, immigration, law, coming of age, family So no m...

  7. Sarahi says:

    This book really spoke to me on so many levels as a first generation American, as a first generation professional, and as someone whose family has also been impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems But don t get me wrong This is not a wonky policy book It is a powerful story about one family s journey, told in an honest, raw, funny, and heartbreaking way And what a remarkable journey it is I don t want to spoil it, but part of what makes this book so great is the way Aart This book really spoke to me on so many levels as a first generation American, as a first generation professional, and as someone whose family has also been impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems But don t get me wrong This is not a wonky policy book It is a powerful story about one family s journey, told in an honest, raw, funny, and heartbreaking way And what a remarkable journey it is I don t want t...

  8. Geetha Vallabhaneni says:

    Here We Are is a poignant, heart wrenching memoir that shines an intelligent and investigative light on how our immigration and justice systems work The book and the author could not have emerged in a better time than now, when America is taking a sober look at its systems and assessing its identity and values as a nation of immigrants Her family s story and her compelling and powerful voice will ring through the hallways of American history when future generations walk through them to under Here We Are is a poignant, heart wrenching memoir that shines an intelligent and investigative light on how our immigration and justice systems work The book and the author could not have emerged in a better time than now, when America is taking a sober look at its systems and assessing its identity and values as a nation of immigrants Her family s story and her compelling and powerful voice will ring through the hallways of American history when future generations walk through them to under...

  9. Amanda Gatt says:

    I don t tend to read non fiction often, but timing is everything and I m incredibly grateful that Celadon Books sent me an advanced copy of Here We Are Aarti Shahani is an NPR correspondent who bravely shares her family s immigration experience from India to Queens, NY She reveals not just her coming of age story, but an insiders view of a first generation American whose family has been impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems Needless to say, this memoir is incredibly powerfu I don t tend to read non fiction often, but timing is everything and I m incredibly grateful that Celadon Books sent me an advanced copy of Here We Are Aarti Shahani is an NPR correspondent who bravely shares her family s immigration experience from India to Queens, NY She reveals not just her coming of age story, but an insiders view of a first generation American whose family has been impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems Needless to say, this memoir is incredibly powerful...

  10. Mary says:

    I was fortunate enough to hear the author speak at Library Journal Day of Dialog She was such an engaging and interesting speaker that I started reading her book the minute I got home It was really good REALLY good So honest and eloquent I a...

  11. Avideh Moussavian says:

    This book reels you in from the start with the author s vivid, funny and keenly observant voice Here We Are Now weaves together the multi generational immigrant struggles of a family s search for home even long after they think they ve finally made one, the heartbreaking and arbitrary cruelty the criminal justice and immigration systems inflict on a father whose greatest punishment is being stripped of his pride, and the affectionate, combative, and complicated coming of age struggles of a daug This book reels you in from the start with the author s vivid, funny and keenly observant voice Here We Are Now weaves together the multi generational immigrant struggles of a family s search for home even long after they think they ve finally made one, the heartbreaking and arbitrary cruelty the criminal justice and immigration systems inflict on a father whose greatest punishment is being stripped of his pride, and the affectionate, combative, and complicated coming of age struggles of a daughter racing towards the...