It Occurs to Me That I Am America
In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women’s March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the US literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy—through fiction.Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

It Occurs to Me That I Am America Details

TitleIt Occurs to Me That I Am America
Author
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherTouchstone
ISBN-139781501179600
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Nonfiction, Art, Politics

It Occurs to Me That I Am America Review

  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this book so bad.  I was so excited when it was released.  A collection of fiction and art themed around a liberal and timely political message?  Yes, please.  My high expectations were affirmed as I began reading an inspired introduction from Viet Thanh Nguyen, who remarks: "Rather than making America great again, we should help America love again."But as I continued reading, my expectations for enjoying each story decreased.  When I finally finished, I was shocked to find that I wanted to like this book so bad.  I was so excited when it was released.  A collection of fiction and art themed around a liberal and timely political message?  Yes, please.  My high expectations were affirmed as I began reading an inspired introduction from Viet Thanh Nguyen, who remarks: "Rather than making America great again, we should help America love again."But as I continued reading, my expectations for enjoying each story decreased.  When I finally finished, I was shocked to find that I hated a collection from such a distinguished group of authors, many of whom I already love.  There were a few shining exceptions, but most of the contributions felt gimicky. If pressed for a rating of the overall anthology, I would average them out to two stars.  Approximately 80% were 2-stars or less, 15% were 3-stars, and 5% were 4-stars. Intersections by Mark Di Ionna stood out as my favorite.  I found this short story to be a very realistic humanization of immigration law from the perspective of a criminal defense attorney.  It’s a touching story of love and forgiveness, but the story raises important questions regarding the deportation of criminals – a policy that on its face seems uncontroversial.  What could be more justified than the deportation of individuals who do not follow the rules of our society?  In practice, the pain caused by such a broad and ill-advised policy is arbitrary.For me, the final straw was White Baby by James Hannaham. I am still angry about it a few days later and would give it NEGATIVE 5-stars. Without too much of a spoiler, it started out a very apt commentary about race featuring a black couple who had requested to adopt a white baby. The story concluded as one of the most unnecessarily grotesque things I have ever read. Cheap and insensitive. Like being tricked into watching a snuff video clip in the credits of an otherwise good film. Ugh.I am very disappointed to give this book a “no rec.”  I was so excited based on the theme.  There are a few excellent selections, but they are not worth perusing through the bulk of clichéd, attention-seeking, unoriginal tripe.  
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  • Touchstone Books
    January 1, 1970
    We are incredibly proud to be publishing this collection in support of the ACLU. For more information check out iamamericabook.com!
  • ems
    January 1, 1970
    like most anthologies --- when it's good, it's very good & when it's bad, it's very bad. at least the proceeds to this one go to the ACLU.
  • Charlie Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    An anti-conservative and anti Trump collection of stories that are very eye-opening.Do read it if you are against most of the things that Trump is for. Trumperites - no.
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