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The American Dream? - by Shing Yin Khor (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 160

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Sub-Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Zest Books (Tm)

Age Range: 9-12 years

Book theme: Biography

Author: Shing Yin Khor

Language: English

Street Date: August 6, 2019
TCIN: 53254346
UPC: 9781942186373
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-1759

Description

"Artist Khor recounts their spring 2016 road trip from Los Angeles to Chicago in this graphic memoir. Growing up in Malaysia, Khor knew two versions of America: 'The first was Los Angeles, full of beautiful people and sunlight and open roads, ' and the other was the America in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, 'filled with dusty roads and big hopes.' After living in the States for 10 years, they and Bug, their 'tiny adventure dog, ' embark on a journey along historic Route 66, hoping to better understand the American dream. Through bright, expressive watercolor illustrations, Khor portrays the memorable locations they pass through, including a former gold-mining town in Arizona where several Hollywood films were shot; Amarillo, Texas, which has become a haven for refugees; and kitschy attractions including dinosaur statues and the Blue Whale of Catoosa. They detail both the amusing (going to the bathroom outdoors) and emotional (loneliness and exhaustion) challenges of being a traveler. Khor's pilgrimage is as much an exploration of themself as it is of nostalgic Americana. Their travels inspire them to share insights into their path to atheism, their anger with xenophobia and racism--which are provoked when they find a motel labeled 'American owned'--and the meaning of 'home.' Many of Khor's observations will resonate with those who have questioned national identity and the sense of belonging. An informative graphic travel journal that offers important perspectives on being an immigrant and American identity."--Kirkus Reviews

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