Nearly everyone in America came from somewhere else. This is a fundamental part of the American idea—an identity and place open to everyone. People arrive from all points distant, speaking a thousand languages, carrying every culture, each with their own reason for uprooting themselves to try something new.
Everyone has their own unique story. Little America is a collection of those stories, told by the people who lived them. Together, they form a wholly original, at times unexpected portrait of America’s immigrants—and thereby a portrait of America itself.
"In his preface to the collection, Pakistani American actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani observes that 'at a time when political rhetoric so often demonizes immigrants, [these] stories . . . have the power to shift that narrative.' The stories that follow come from ordinary people who became the inspiration for the Apple TV+ series Little America. Though highly diverse, the contributors share one commonality: unique, often remarkable life stories that could only have unfolded in America . . . llustrated throughout with color photos, this bighearted book celebrates the extraordinary achievements of modern immigrants, clearly demonstrating that what makes—and has always made—America truly great is the diversity of its people."—Kirkus Reviews