I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir

Malaka Gharib

Book cover

I lol’d quite a bit and showed several funny parts to my partner before she had a chance to read it.

I thought Gharib did a great job mixing humor with more serious observations about growing up as a person of color in America. Her style sort of reminds me of Roz Chast, for a new generation.

As a white man married to a Filipina-American, several parts of the story rang a bell for me! I’m also proud to say that I knew 9 of 11 of the Tagalog flash card words in the book (and also, learned that there is a specific Tagalog word for eye boogers!).

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars