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.
Pictured in lefthand photograph on cover: Habiba Akumu
Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama’s paternal grandmother and his
father as a young boy). Pictured in righthand photograph on cover: Stanley
Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama’s maternal grandfather and his mother as
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