Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar Will Publish Memoir: ‘This Is What America Looks Like’

By Staff | January 19, 2019 | 11:34am EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) has signed a deal to publish her memoir, which will be titled: “This Is What America Looks Like.”

“Her story counters everything we keep hearing from the current administration and the right-wing media about refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women,” Forbes quoted Alexandra Bastagli, executive editor of Dey Street Books which will published the volume, as saying.

On Wednesday, Forbes reported the following:

“Newly sworn in Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has sold her debut memoir This Is What America Looks Like to Dey Street Books. According to the deal’s announcement in Publishers Marketplace, the book ‘chronicles her journey fleeing war in Somalia as a little girl, becoming a refugee in her early teens, and making her way against unspeakable odds to become the congresswoman-elect from Minnesota as a collection of remarkable firsts: first Muslim refugee in Congress, first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and the first person to wear a hijab in Congress.’”

Forbes also quoted Alexandra Bastagli, the executive editor of Dey Street Books, which will publish Omar’s autobiography.

“I’ve been following Representative Omar’s career since 2016 and was thrilled to receive her excellent book proposal on submission last year,” Bastagli said. “Her voice on the page is very much as it is in real life—fresh and positive even when she is tackling serious issues, with real empathy and deep knowledge. Her story counters everything we keep hearing from the current administration and the right-wing media about refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women. This memoir presents an urgent and important counter-narrative. As an immigrant myself, I’m not just thrilled to be working with Representative Omar, I am determined to ensure her story has the broad impact it deserves.”

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