Dreams From My Father

Dreams From My Father

A Story of Race and Inheritance

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Beautifully crafted . . . moving and candid . . . this book belongs on the shelf beside works like James McBride s The Color of Water and Gregory Howard Williams s Life on the Color Line as a tale of living astride America s racial categories. Scott Turow
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.
Provocative . . . Persuasively describes the phenomenon of belonging to two different worlds, and thus belonging to neither. New York Times Book Review

Obama s writing is incisive yet forgiving. This is a book worth savoring. Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here "
Publisher: Books on Tape, c2007.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 9781415941393
Call Number: 921 OBAMA
Characteristics: 6 compact discs
Subjects: Obama, Barack.
United States -- Race relations.
Compact discs, Book.
Racism -- United States.
Racially mixed people -- United States -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.

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bnotash70 Feb 16, 2013

Listened to this while driving to DC for Obama's 2nd inauguration. Loved it, and the fact that it was read by him. His familiar voice and his story ... loved it!

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doroschelch
Jun 03, 2012

Mr. Obama is surprisingly open about his youth (which might not have been the case if he had written the book after becoming president), and this is probably what his critics are after - but it's not what the book is about: it's about his voyage towards a distinct African-American identity. His reading of the Audiobook is a pleasure to listen to: he is a talented imitator of accents, too!

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annekim9
Mar 02, 2009

Wonderful audiobook. Barack Obama himself reads his story with great expression, humor, and candor. I am learning so much about our new president. He's had a very interesting life and it's just going to get more interesting.

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