We are delighted to be on hand to sell books at this special Wilmette Public Library program taking place at Wilmette Junior High School.
Call Me American presents the incredible story of Abdi Nor Iftin’s childhood in war-torn Somalia, when American movies and music provided him with an escape from a harrowing life. Years later, in a dream-come-true miracle, Iftin won a place in the American Green Card Lottery, and his escape to America became a reality.
Now a proud and legal resident of Maine and on his path to citizenship, Iftin’s dramatic and stirring account truly is a modern-day story. Not only does the memoir offer insight into a refugee’s desperate desire to escape, but it also serves as a reminder of why western democracies still call to those who seek a better life.
Iftin's story was originally documented on an episode of public radio's This American Life in 2015.
The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required. A book signing will follow, with copies of the book available for purchase courtesy of The Book Stall.
Call Me American was named a finalist for the 2018 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. Booklist noted that the memoir is “as compelling as a novel or one of the Hollywood movies that (Iftin) says saved his life… an essential immigrant story, one that is enlightening and immediate.” Publishers Weekly described the book as a “wrenching yet hopeful autobiography,” and Kirkus called it “a searing memoir…that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational.”
The Library has multiple copies of Call Me American for checkout. For more information about this event, visit www.wilmettelibrary.info/meet-the-author or call (847) 256-6930.
Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.