Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life


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$17.95  $16.69
Mad Creek Books
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9.9 X 0.3 X 7.8 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Alberto Ledesma holds a doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and is Graduate Diversity Director in Arts & Humanities at Berkeley.


"Alberto Ledesma's gorgeous drawings have fascinated me for a long time. Now his stunning work has become a book for the ages." --Luis Alberto Urrea
"Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer is an eye-opening glimpse into a mostly hidden way of life." --Foreword Reviews
"Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma recounts his own experience of 'the immigrant experience, ' with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. . . . Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention." --Kirkus Reviews
"This is a powerful document of the unspoken anxieties felt by Americans like [Ledesma] who worry that their immigration status and history will overshadow everything else in their lives." --Publishers Weekly

"Alberto Ledesma vividly captures the paradoxes, challenges, achievements, and frustrations of being undocumented in America. He sheds new light on the lives of many we often forget." --Carla Trujillo, author of Faith and Fat Chances
"The future of America--its openness and understanding--has always depended and thrived on the energy, ideas, and struggle of immigrants like Alberto Ledesma. The promised land can only be envisioned by the newcomer to our shore. Ledesma's story, its powerful images, is needed now more than ever in an age of rising xenophobia and continual exploitation." --Andrew Lam, winner of the PEN Open Book Award

"Ledesma writes with piercing insight about the intersection of citizenship, identity, gender, and familia, and he makes a compelling argument for an American identity that is more expansive than most of us have dared to imagine." --Daisy Hernández, coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism