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ABOUT SIX WORDS FRESH OFF THE BOAT: STORIES OF IMMIGRATION, IDENTITY AND COMING TO AMERICA
Marrying the acclaimed immigration-themed ABC series Fresh Off the Boat with the New York Times bestselling Six-Word Memoir series by Larry Smith, Kingswell Press is thrilled to publish Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America (On sale: September 5, 2017).
This timely and unique crowd-sourced book of immigration stories — each told in six words — captures hundreds of memoirs on the experience from across America, spanning cultures and generations, to paint a powerful portrait of who we are as a country, and where we came from.
Contributors include refugees ("Refugee went from burkas to bachelors," "Boat person finds freedom in America”); students (“I only speak Spanish on weekends,” “Hoping my school lunch doesn’t ‘smell’”); armed forces personnel (“Salvadoran immigrant raises US Navy diver,” “Retired Marine, looked upon as outsider”); an astronaut (“From farm worker to NASA astronaut”); an Olympiad ("Albanian Olympiad flees for America: reborn"); and a Teen Jeopardy winner ("Land of opportunity lets me learn").
The book also includes coming to America stories from a number of notable actors, authors, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, and political figures, among them:
M. Night Shyamalan: “My accent has become my voice”
Aziz Ansari: “Every immigrant’s journey is truly incredible.”
Arianna Huffington: “Another Greek Odyssey, thriving in America.”
Mario Batali: “Joyous polyglot, cooked with the world.”
Jeremy Lin: “Abandoned the piano for a basketball.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “Nobody is ever just a refugee.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "Indian mother: Ford’s first female engineer.”
Junot Diìaz: “We immigrants are America's true superpower.”
Narciso Rodriguez: “Immigrant son proudly dresses First Lady.”
George Takei: “Even after internment, still love America.”
Gabourey Sidibe: “We all have traditional Muslim names.”
Madeleine Albright: “In 1948, I was a refugee.”
The book also includes six-words from the cast and creative team of Fresh off the Boat, many of whom are immigrants or the children of immigrants, as well as several longer essays that expand on a six-word story, providing first-person accounts, both joyful and harrowing, of coming to America.
ABOUT LARRY SMITH
Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, best known for launching the Six-Word Memoir® project. Six Words is a bestselling books series, live events program, board game, and form of self-expression employed to spark self-expression and hone missions in classrooms, boardrooms and corporate retreats. Anticipating the microblogging explosion, SMITH Mag originally launched the Six-Word Memoir project in November 2006 in partnership with Twitter with a simple online challenge asking: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” Now more than 1 million Six-Word Memoirs have been shared across SixWordMemoirs.com, mobile and social media. Larry’s latest launch is the civic engagement initiative, Six in the City, currently debuting in Columbus, Ohio.
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