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By Barack Obama

During this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mom searches for a manageable aspiring to his existence as a black American. It starts in long island, the place Barack Obama learns that his father--a determine he understands extra as a delusion than as a man--has been killed in a automobile twist of fate. This surprising dying evokes an emotional odyssey--first to a small city in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's relatives to Hawaii, after which to Kenya, the place he meets the African facet of his relatives, confronts the sour fact of his father's lifestyles, and eventually reconciles his divided inheritance.

Pictured in lefthand photo on hide: Habiba Akumu Hussein and Barack Obama, Sr. (President Obama's paternal grandmother and his father as a tender boy). Pictured in righthand picture on hide: Stanley Dunham and Ann Dunham (President Obama's maternal grandfather and his mom as a tender girl).

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By the age of fifteen he’d been thrown out of high school for punching the principal in the nose. For the next three years he lived off odd jobs, hopping rail cars to Chicago, then California, then back again, dabbling in moonshine, cards, and women. As he liked to tell it, he knew his way around Wichita, where both his and Toot’s families had moved by that time, and Toot doesn’t contradict him; certainly, Toot’s parents believed the stories that they’d heard about the young man and strongly disapproved of the budding courtship.

Their very image together would have been considered lurid and perverse, a handy retort to the handful of softheaded liberals who supported a civil rights agenda. Sure—but would you let your daughter marry one? The fact that my grandparents had answered yes to this question, no matter how grudgingly, remains an enduring puzzle to me. There was nothing in their background to predict such a response, no New England transcendentalists or wild-eyed socialists in their family tree. True, Kansas had fought on the Union side of the Civil War; Gramps liked to remind me that various strands of the family contained ardent abolitionists.

Gramps is probably too busy telling one of his jokes or arguing with Toot over how to cook the steaks to notice my mother reach out and squeeze the smooth, sinewy hand beside hers. Toot notices, but she’s polite enough to bite her lip and offer dessert; her instincts warn her against making a scene. When the evening is over, they’ll both remark on how intelligent the young man seems, so 18 D R E A M S F R O M M Y FAT H E R dignified, with the measured gestures, the graceful draping of one leg over another—and how about that accent!

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