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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America

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A New York Times Editors' Choice - Finalist for the California Book Award - Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction - Best Book of the Year: Time, NPR, Bookpage, Los Angeles Times

In this brilliantly argued and deeply personal work, Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S.citizen, using her own story as a starting point for an exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth--such as national origin, race, and gender--that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today, poignantly illustrating how white supremacy survives through adaptation and legislation. Weaving together her experiences with an examination of the place of nonwhites in the broader American culture, Lalami illuminates how conditional citizens are all those whom America embraces with one arm and pushes away with the other.

Author: Laila Lalami
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 208
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 7.95h x 5.12w x 0.79d
ISBN: 9780525436041

About the Author
LAILA LALAMI was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She the author of four novels, including The Moor's Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent work, The Other Americans, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper's, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Lalami is a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.

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