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Julissa Acre author photo YOU SOUND LIKE A WHITE GIRL cover with black word balloons with white text on hot pink background Preorder Signed Copies and on-sale date of March 22,2022


Los Angleles activist, writer, and producer Julissa Acre calls for a celebration of our uniqueness, our origins, our heritage, and the beauty of the differences that actually make us Americans.

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You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250787019
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 22nd, 2022

Nationally bestselling author Julissa Arce interweaves her own story with cultural commentary in a powerful polemic against the myth that assimilation leads to happiness and belonging for immigrants in America. Instead, she calls for a celebration of our uniqueness, our origins, our heritage, and the beauty of the differences that make us Americans.

“You sound like a white girl.” These were the words spoken to Julissa by a high school crush as she struggled to find her place in America. As a brown immigrant from Mexico, assimilation had been demanded of her since the moment she set foot in San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. She’d spent so much time getting rid of her accent so no one could tell English was her second language that in that moment she felt those words—you sound like a white girl?—were a compliment. As a child, she didn’t yet understand that assimilating to “American” culture really meant imitating “white” America—that sounding like a white girl was a racist idea meant to tame her, change her, and make her small. She ran the race, completing each stage, but never quite fit in, until she stopped running altogether.

In this dual polemic and manifesto, Julissa dives into and tears apart the lie that assimilation leads to belonging. She combs through history and her own story to break down this myth, arguing that assimilation is a moving finish line designed to keep Black and brown Americans and immigrants chasing racist American ideals. She talks about the Lie of Success, the Lie of Legality, the Lie of Whiteness, and the Lie of English—each promising that if you obtain these things, you will reach acceptance and won’t be an outsider anymore. Julissa deftly argues that these demands leave her and those like her in a purgatory—neither able to secure the power and belonging within whiteness nor find it in the community and cultures whiteness demands immigrants and people of color leave behind.

In You Sound Like a White Girl, Julissa offers a bold new promise: Belonging only comes through celebrating yourself, your history, your culture, and everything that makes you uniquely you. Only in turning away from the white gaze can we truly make America beautiful. An America where difference is celebrated, heritage is shared and embraced, and belonging is for everyone. Through unearthing veiled history and reclaiming her own identity, Julissa shows us how to do this.

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540266
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Published: Center Street - September 19th, 2017

Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316481700
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

Entre las sombras del Sueño Americano: Mi historia real de cómo siendo una inmigrante indocumentada llegué a ser una ejecutiva de Wall Street Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455597192
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Published: Center Street - November 29th, 2016

Alguien como yo / Someone Like Me: La lucha de una niña por alcanzar el sueño americano Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593081532
Published: Vintage Espanol - April 7th, 2020