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Dreams From My Father
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Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life. Born in 1961 to a white American woman and a black Kenyan student, Obama was reared in Hawaii by his mother and her parents, his father having left for further study and a return home to Africa. So Obama's not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature‘with one month-long visit when he was 10 from his commanding father. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago. He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work‘he's now a civil rights lawyer there. Before going to law school, he finally visited Kenya; with his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions‘his mother is virtually absent‘but still has written a resonant book. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (June)

'Barack Obama...the Democratic Party's new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write-and write movingly and genuinely about himself.' New York Times 'Beautifully crafted...moving and candid...this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride's The Color of Water as a tale of living astride America's racial categories.' -- Scott Turow 'A beautiful reflection on an unusual background and a thoughtful analysis of what race means in America today.' Scotsman 'An honesty and self-awareness not always found in autobiographers, and more rarely in potential leaders of the free world.' Telegraph 'A remarkable story, beautifully told.' Observer

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