Parenting with an Accent

PARENTING WITH AN ACCENT: HOW IMMIGRANTS HONOR THEIR HERITAGE, NAVIGATE SETBACKS, AND CHART NEW PATHS FOR THEIR CHILDREN

Now out from Beacon Press in hardcover, audio and ebook formats!

(Paperback coming Oct. 2022)

Parenting with an Accent paints a realistic and affirming picture of what it’s like for immigrants raising a child in America while honoring their cultural identities. Candid, humorous, and researched, it incorporates diverse voices and interviews with experts in bilingualism, psychology and more, emphasizing how immigrants are an integral part of America’s story.

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as well as from:

Penguin Random House

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For media inquiries, contact Caitlin Meyer, Associate Director of Publicity at Beacon Press, at cmeyer@beacon.org.

REVIEWS 

"An affirming guide to parenting as an immigrant."

Publishers Weekly

"In Rumer’s book, I found much of my own immigrant experience, as well as timely food for thought."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Rumer’s book weaves together dozens of parents’ stories, their successes and their failures...In Parenting with an Accent, she has created such a circle for all of us." 

The Los Angeles Review of Books

"The book is as much ethnographic study as it is an affirmative and therapeutic examination of identity, and what it means to pass that identity forward."

—Lilith Magazine

​"Spotlights various experiences of immigrant families across the country and provides essential insight into the nuances of multicultural parenting."

—The Millions

"A timely update on the travails and glories of being an immigrant to our country told with thoughtfulness and compassion." 

—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story 

“Growing up as an immigrant child and then becoming an immigrant parent can feel lonely and unsettling, like living between worlds. Rumer’s Parenting with an Accent made me feel less isolated and more understood. Celebrating the wisdom and traditions that so many diverse heritages bring to parenting, as Rumer deftly demonstrates, makes us all richer and opens windows to see new possibilities for generations growing up in a fast-changing, complex world. This book is a great read for any parent wishing to understand their role through a wider lens.”

—Homa Sabet Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be at Home in the World

“Though our population has become increasingly diverse, myths and misperceptions about multicultural child-rearing continue to abound . . . Through family profiles, interviews with experts, and extensive research, Rumer—an immigrant parent herself—offers unprecedented and much-needed practical guidance on topics such as assimilation, bilingualism, and childcare. Her book is sure to appeal to multicultural families, as well as anyone who wants to understand how the fabric of our society is changing for the better.” 

—Dr. Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents  Around the World Can Teach Us

“Masha Rumer’s writing on immigrant parenting is well-researched, thoughtful, and incredibly helpful. As a bilingual parent, I would often find myself at a loss at how to approach my kids’ upbringing and education. What is more important: to preserve the riches of my old-country culture, or to make the assimilation easier? What would be the right balance between the two? And more importantly, how do I ensure that I don’t screw my kids up? Masha Rumer explores all of these problems in a manner that is both serious and deeply engaging.”  

—Lara Vapnyar, author of Divide Me by Zero

“Wonderful and about so much more than parenting!”
—Dr. Ellen Bialystok, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University

"Both a parenting resource and a heartfelt memoir of the immigrant experience"

—Elisa Magidoff, Associate Director of the Center for Children and Youth, division of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

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