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One Book, One Community 2020

How Do I Get the Book?

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Onslow Public Library

The Onslow County Public Library has (7) physical copies of Call Me American, (6) Young Adult copies, (2) digital ebook copies, and (1) digital audio book available for loan.

In addition to the two copies in the collection, the Coastal Carolina Community College Library has 50 copies available for loan for students. We ask that you return your borrowed copy as soon as you are finished reading, so the book can be passed on to the next reader.

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Summary of the Book

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. Marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.

Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. Eventually, though, Abdi was forced to flee to Kenya.

In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America did not come easily. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Maine, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why America still beckons to those looking to make a better life.   -Amazon 

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