America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights and was the opening speaker at the monumental Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Ferrera resides in New York and Los Angeles with her husband Ryan, their son Sebastian, and their two golden retrievers.
Balram, who came to the United States from Fiji more than thirty years ago, uses his personal experiences to teach others who face the same hurdles and challenges. He explores issues related to citizenship, health care, education, and purchasing goods and services. He provides advice for finding a job, buying a car, and renting an apartment. He explains the functions of government agencies, the legal system, ideologies, and traditions and customs.
This self-help guide provides a big-picture look at what an immigrant can expect when coming to the United States. Balram shares his personal opinion, impressions, and perspective about his life in America, helping others to experience the American Dream of becoming prosperous and successful.
In From Africa to America: A Coat of Many Colors, author Emma Eminash shares a fearless chronicle of her migration from Africa to America. Speaking to the differences between life in Africa and life in Americacovering topics like spirituality, culture, and dating and marriageEmma shares touching and humorous stories about adjusting to American life both professionally and personally, and she also gives advice for how to master the clichs of pop culture in the United States. And for newcomers to American soil, her testimony will especially provide valuable lessons about the lifestyle and the people they are likely to encounter each day.
From her most sorrowful, vile moments to the fortunate joys and pleasures of living in both Africa and the United States, Emma shows how we can defeat our inner battles against anger, jealousy, loneliness, offense, self-consciousness, and other negative emotionsall the while providing a guidebook for helping people adjust to new lives in a new culture. Seeing the world through multicultural eyes will offer a wisdom that is universal and that speaks to people of all ethnic, religious, and cultural identities.
Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk.
In Escape From Camp 14, Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
The late “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea’s government denies they exist.
Harden’s harrowing narrative exposes this hidden dystopia, focusing on an extraordinary young man who came of age inside the highest security prison in the highest security state. Escape from Camp 14 offers an unequalled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. It is a tale of endurance and courage, survival and hope.