Call Me American: A Memoir

Abdi Nor Iftin (Author)

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Abdi Nor Iftin is a radio celebrity, an award-winning author, a storyteller, a mentor to young writers in Maine, and a refugee advocate. He enjoys traveling and hiking in the woods. Abdi is currently working on a project of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Maine outdoors.


"Iftin's account of his journey does not mince words or attempt to soften the worst atrocities he and his family experienced. Loyal and grateful to his mother, he shows particular sensitivity to the injustices suffered by women in Somalia. Told simply and well, Iftin's story explains the incredible bravery and hope necessary to live in the crosshairs of war and to find a way out."
--Jane Constantineau, The New York Journal of Books

"Riveting... [Abdi Nor Iftin] had to endure famine, war, a precarious life as a refugee, and a visa-rejecting bureaucracy before a green-card lottery win, in 2014, enabled him to emigrate. His narrative is both panoramic and particular, full of irreverent asides, and suffused with appreciation for the humanity of others."
--The New Yorker

"Absolutely remarkable and always as compelling as a novel... An essential ur-immigrant story, one that is enlightening and immediate."
--Booklist (Starred Review)

"[A] wrenching yet hopeful autobiography... Iftin's extraordinary saga is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatreds."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A searing memoir...that impressively remains upbeat, highly inspiring, and always educational."
--Kirkus (Starred Review)