BOOK: From Albania with Love by Migena Dulaj
As you may know, one of my favorite things about books is that they have the ability to provide windows to worlds and lives that are different from my own. I value a diverse reading palate and try not to get stuck in “whiteness” too much when I read. From Albania with Love is one such book that provides a glimpse into what life is like for people who immigrate to this country. Since it is a memoir, the experiences and stories shared within this book are solely Migena’s, but they paint a picture of the reality of immigrants and immigration, while also calling out some of the ridiculousness of America. In a voice that is as brutally honest as it is snarky, Migena holds nothing back as she hits you with exactly what she’s thinking. Each chapter tells a different—and often very funny—story from Migena’s life, and then ends with a new lesson for each chapter. My favorite lesson comes from Chapter 21: “Make yourself proud first.” I mean if those aren’t words to live by…
There’s a little something for everyone in this memoir—lots of ups, lots of downs, and lots of in-your-face reality. Migena writes with a ballsy, honest voice, and the voices of immigrants need to heard in America now more than ever. Learning about one another is the first step in not only accepting one another, but also celebrating one another. Thank you, Migena, for having the courage to tell your stories. Your words matter.
P.S. Thanks for the book and I am glad you like Target as much as me.