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My Underground American Dream (signed by Author!)


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What does an undocumented immigrant look like? What kind of family must she come from? How could she get into this country? What is the true price she must pay to remain in the United States?

 JULISSA ARCE knows firsthand that the most common, preconceived answers to those questions are sometimes far too simple-and often just plain wrong.

 On the surface, Arce's story reads like a how-to manual for achieving the American dream: growing up in an apartment on the outskirts of San Antonio, she worked tirelessly, achieved academic excellence, and landed a coveted job on Wall Street, complete with a six-figure salary. The level of professional and financial success that she achieved was the very definition of the American dream. But in this brave new memoir, Arce digs deep to reveal the physical, financial, and emotional costs of the stunning secret that she, like many other high-achieving, successful individuals in the United States, had been forced to keep not only from her bosses, but even from her closest friends.

 From the time she was brought to this country by her hardworking parents as a child, Arce-the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. In this surprising, at times heart-wrenching, but always inspirational personal story of struggle, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce takes readers deep into the little-understood world of a generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today- people who live next door, sit in your classrooms, work in the same office, and may very well be your boss. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.


'Qué aspecto tiene una inmigrante indocumentada? 'De qué tipo de familia proviene? 'Cómo consigue entrar a este país? 'Cuál es el verdadero precio que debe pagar para quedarse en los Estados Unidos? Julissa Arce sabe por experiencia propia que las respuestas más comunes y preconcebidas a esas preguntas son con frecuencia demasiado sencillas, y a veces totalmente erróneas.A primera vista, Arce ha alcanzado el sueño americano: al conseguir finalmente un empleo muy codiciado en Wall Street después de años de esfuerzo académico. Pero en esta valiente autobiografía, Arce revela el costo físico, económico y emocional del asombroso secreto que ella, al igual que muchos otros individuos en los Estados Unidos que logran mucho a pesar de sus circunstancias, se había visto obligada a ocultar no solo de sus jefes sino también de sus amigos más cercanos. Desde el momento en que sus padres la trajeron a este país cuando era una niña, Arce, la ganadora de una beca, la graduada universitaria con honores, la joven que finalmente llegó a ser vicepresidenta en Goldman Sachs, había vivido en secreto como inmigrante indocumentada. En esta historia personal desgarradora e inspiracional de lucha, tristeza y redención final, Arce lleva a los lectores a las profundidades de un mundo poco entendido de una nueva generación de inmigrantes indocumentados que están actualmente en los Estados Unidos.Al sincerarse sobre la historia de su largo viaje de lucha para llegar a ser ciudadana estadounidense, Arce nos muestra el verdadero costo de alcanzar el sueño americano, desde la perspectiva de una mujer que tuvo que superar muros invisibles e inimaginables para llegar hasta ahí.

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