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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How-To-Understand-America Book Gets Eric Hoffer Award Nod

What Foreigners Need to Know About America: From A to Z
Subtitle: How to understand crazy American Culture, people, government,  
     business, language, and more
Author: Lance Johnson
Publisher: A to Z Publishing
Winner: Reader Views Award
First Runner Up: Eric Hoffer's Legacy Award 2017
Available in English on Amazon worldwide
Available in Ukrainian in Ukraine
Available in Simplified Chinese in China 

Reviewed courtesy of US Review of Books for Eric Hoffer Award winners 

First Runner-Up Eric Hoffer's Legacy Award
What Foreigners Need to Know About America: From A to Z, Lance Johnson, A to Z Publishing - This enlightening book advises immigrants on what they need to know about getting along in American society. The author addresses misconceptions Americans and immigrants often harbor about one another, then makes the case that differences are often minor and can easily be put aside. The remainder of the book focuses on specific aspects of American society: government, religion, education, the arts, business, and so on. In each case, the author provides an explanation of the American way, then offers tips on how visitors can blend in. Sometimes, the advice is practical; for example, the author provides information on how to apply to American colleges—a key concern for young people from immigrant families. In other cases, the advice is light-hearted—lists of top American movies are provided, evidently for use during those key conversations around the office water cooler after the Academy Award nominations are announced.

Lance Johhnson is a playwright and author. His "Communicty Service" has won several awards including one from the Pacific Palisades Playhouse and a national award from the Marine Foundation. He was inspired to write this book to help immigrants, international students, travelers to the US, and even those who must do business or want to open businesses in the US. In this photo he was speaking to international students at Mt. Sac College in California.  Learn more at his website at

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1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Emigrants now need this book more than ever. The paths for success require courage now more than ever.