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“American Like Me” Captures Immigrant Experience

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America Ferrera, award-winning actress for ABC’s hit comedy, “Ugly Betty,” turned activist in 2016 as co-founder of HARNESS, a human rights organization that connects various communities with pop culture leaders. Focusing on the immigrant experience, Ferrera produced a new book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures (Gallery Books), a collection of 31 first-person essays about growing up between cultures. One of six children of Honduran immigrants, Ferrera writes, “Honduras was my phantom limb. I always felt its presence, but I couldn’t see it, touch it or wave it in the air to prove ‘this right here is a part of me!’ ” She acknowledges what she lost as an immigrant: hundreds of years of connection and history, and…

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Behind Every Great Man Is An Even Better…

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Hamilton: The Musical sparked a world-wide obsession with the story of Alexander Hamilton, his life, family, relationships, and death. Not only did Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the musical, create some of the catchiest and memorable songs we’ve ever heard, but he brought the Founding Father to life in a way no one expected. Now, books on Hamilton are flying off the shelves, and it seems like new biographies are coming out every day. But historical fiction authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie are here to tell us why it’s Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, that we should really be looking at. Wife, mother, sister, socialite, loyal revolutionary, vice-president and co-founder of an orphanage are just a few of the…

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Crazy for “Hamilton”? Here’s 4 Books You Should be Reading!

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I think we can all agree that “Hamilton” is the best thing to happen to Broadway since, well, ever. It seemed to become a national phenomenon overnight, and now it’s all any of us can talk about. There’s also no real reason it should have worked: after all, does anything sound as absurd as a rap musical about first Treasurer Secretary Alexander Hamilton? But it does work, brilliantly so, and it makes history come alive with an insanely talented diverse cast and music that you won’t ever be able to stop humming. Seriously, just listen to this and tell me you’re not hooked:   If you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about, then go download the cast album and…

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The Top 10 April Books We’re Crazy About

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If you live in a cold climate, April is that heartbreak month where you’re ready for warm weather but you just keep getting dumped with rain and snow. Luckily, there are some great new books coming out soon to warm us up while we desperately pray for spring flowers, sunshine and warmth. Here are 10 April releases that we’re pretty crazy about: One with You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day (St. Martin’s Griffin, April 5) Day’s Crossfire series has captivated fans across the world, becoming an international bestseller and a phenomenon that just can’t seem to quit. One with You is the final book in the series, wrapping up the romance between the two damaged soulmates, Eva and Gideon. Often compared to 50…

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