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In the Country We Love

My Family Divided
Narrated by: Diane Guerrero
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The star of Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just 14 years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the US, Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told.

Written with best-selling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author's and on a system that fails them over and over.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Diane Guerrero (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lindsay
  • 2017-09-07

Important Story and Captivating Read

What did you love best about In the Country We Love?

What I loved best about In the Country We Love is Diane's honesty and bravery. Her story isn't an easy one to share yet she does so in a way that is captivating. Diane's life experiences are from from anything I've known, but I couldn't listen to this story fast enough.

What about Diane Guerrero’s performance did you like?

Diane's performance is animated and full of life. It was also great to her her story in her own voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While I didn't have any extreme reactions to this book, I did get chocked up when Diane retells the story about how she ended up all alone in the United States, without her parents.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic read, especially in light of current affairs.

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  • A.D.
  • 2016-08-20

Heart wrenching and funny!

Diane's story is so raw and relatable to so many in the US. As an immigrant with family trying to get their status corrected I feel her pain and understand the agony of fear that your family could be torn apart.

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  • Chucho320
  • 2018-07-25

Diane is more inconvenienced about her parents’ plight than victimized.

It’s a sad tale known all too well by far too many people looking for a better life. Everything that happens to Miss Guerrero’s parents is heart wrenching and it’s easy to sympathize with them. Diane tries to paint herself as the victim more often than not, but no matter what happens to her family (including her older brother and his child), it doesn’t detract Diane from the most important thing in her life. Herself. She’s a US citizen so she doesn’t have the lingering fear of deportation hanging overhead, but visiting her parents in their detention centers as they’re awaiting deportation is such a nuisance to her. As is maintaining contact with them as she gets disinterested in trying to change laws and fix the problem with the broken immigration system because, let’s face it, it’s interfering with her path to stardom. Her psychologist suggests she’s sabotaging herself by half heartedly trying to help her parents instead of enrolling in acting classes and getting discovered. It is a sad story and I truly feel very bad for her parents, but listening to this millennial’s misguided ideals makes you wish the book was only half as long as it is.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 2016-11-30

Informative and Heartbreaking

Learned a lot from this story about deportation and children left behind wen the parents are sent away, and was pretty surprised to find that our country would let these kids fall through the cracks. How disappointing! Did not like the narration at all, feeling it was way too over the top. Also, the story seemed a bit slow moving.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-05-13

In love with In the Country We Love

This book moved my emotions. There were so many moments I forced back tears. Diane narrated the book herself making it that much better & real!

Her struggles as a young girl in America with her immigrant parents shines a light on the pains many children of immigrants face today. She is the definition of resilience, bravery and I could not recommended this book more so buy it, you will not regret it. Its outstanding! I loved it.

Her struggles were not in vain and she is probably a better, stronger person in spite of them. This book is the voice of the often silenced child of immigrant parents. It is a compelling must read and I am blowen away by her story.

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  • Holly
  • 2016-05-11

Amazing story

Diane's story made me cry at multiple times during this book. I am amazed at her perseverance and ability to retell her story. It was a truly inspiring book and I hope she's found the comfort she was looking for at 14.

Diane, your story is important to recount. I'm hopeful that with more stories such as yours, social issues ranging from immigration reform to mental health are spoken of more often. You are amazing.

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  • Samantha Terkowski
  • 2016-08-02

Just loved it!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that I was surprised at how invested I became in her journey! I didn't really know what to expect, but I found myself fighting for her in my head! Her story also shed a lot of light on immigration, but she throws in feminism in there too. I loved that she had a point to her book, but it wasn't in your face. In the end she does have a little soap box moment in her last chapter, but she was bringing her reasoning for writing the book up, and I enjoyed what she had to say!

Also, because she is an actress, she changes her voice with characters (not in an annoying way), and it helped me visualize and connect with what was going on. I'm so glad she read it, because I don't think it would've done the book justice with someone else reading.

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  • kelly howard
  • 2016-07-22

An important story I'm so grateful was shared.

I'm a more informed American citizen with a renewed desire to be involved in the immigration conversation as a result of this heartfelt account that I fear is far more common than ANY of us image. Diane tells her story with grace and humor. Her account is personal and the reader feels that. Well written and exceptionally performed. Buy this. Now.

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  • Alex Correa
  • 2016-08-24

Inspiring story and this is just the beginning Diane!

Excellent book one that truly captures the struggles and triumphs of all those in search of a better life.

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  • ejjuarez
  • 2019-09-23

Deeply moving & significant story

This is an amazing story that captured my heart and my spirit. Diane had me laughing, crying, shaking, and thinking. Her story is so important, she relevant, so courageous. I absolutely loved every minute of it, and the way she told it. Thank you, Diane!!! You are a heroine!!

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