\u201cAlien\u201d has a double meaning in the United States, suggesting both \u201cforeigner\u201d and \u201cextraterrestrial creature.\u201d In Alienhood, Katarzyna Marciniak explores this semantic duality. Interrogating the dominant images of aliens in American popular culture-and in legal, historical, linguistic, and literary discourses-Marciniak examines \u201calienhood\u201d and the impact it has on the daily experiences of migrants, legal or illegal. Using examples from exilic literature and cinema, including the works of Julia Alvarez, Eva Hoffman, Gregory Nava, and Roman Polanski, Alienhood theorizes multicultural experiences of liminal characters that belong in the interstices between nations. Investigating gendered, racialized, and ideological formations of \u201caliens,\u201d Marciniak\u2019s readings put into dialogue narratives from both the second world and the third world in relation to \u201cfirst worldness.\u201d This dialogue problematizes the meanings of \u201ctransnational\u201d and brings the so-called second world into these debates. In doing so, Marciniak reorients the study of immigrant or exile subjects beyond the celebrated notion of transnationalism. With its unique focus on \u201caliens\u201d in relation to discourses of immigration, exile, and displacement, Alienhood shows how transnationality is, for many dislocated people, an unattainable privilege. Katarzyna Marciniak is associate professor of English at Ohio University.