An intimate and rousing memoir via modern trailblazer Ilhan Omar—the primary African refugee, the primary Somali-American, and one of the most first Muslim ladies, elected to Congress.

Ilhan Omar used to be handiest 8 years vintage while conflict broke out in Somalia. The youngest of 7 kids, her mom had died whilst Ilhan used to be nonetheless a little bit woman. She used to be being raised via her father and grandfather while armed gunmen attacked their compound and the circle of relatives made up our minds to escape Mogadishu. They ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, the place Ilhan says she got here to remember the deep that means of starvation and demise. 4 years later, after a painstaking vetting procedure, her circle of relatives accomplished refugee standing and arrived in Arlington, Virginia.

Aged twelve, penniless, talking handiest Somali and having overlooked out on years of training, Ilhan rolled up her sleeves, made up our minds to seek out her American dream. Confronted with the numerous demanding situations of being an immigrant and a refugee, she wondered stereotypes and constructed bridges along with her classmates and in her neighborhood. In below 20 years she changed into a grassroots organizer, graduated from school and used to be elected to congress with a report-breaking turnout via the folk of Minnesota—in a position to stay pushing obstacles and repair ethical readability in Washington D.C.

A beacon of positivity in darkish occasions, Congresswoman Omar has weathered many political storms and but maintained her signature grace, wit and love of u . s .—the entire whilst talking up for her ideals. In a similar fashion, in chronicling her exceptional private adventure, Ilhan is each lyrical and unsentimental, and her irrepressible spirit, patriotism, friendship and religion are visual on each and every web page. Consequently, This is What The united states Appears to be like Like is each the inspiring coming of age story of a refugee and a multidimensional story of the hopes and aspirations, disappointments and screw ups, successes, sacrifices and surprises, of a faithful public servant with unshakable religion within the promise of The united states.