April 09, 2010
Dreams From My Father
In Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama describes coming to grips with his racial identity through a period of rebellion that included drug use, becoming a community activist in Chicago, and traveling to Kenya to understand his father's past. His search for himself as a black American is rooted in the particulars of his daily life; it also reads like a commentary about all of us. He dismisses stereotypes of the "tragic mulatto" and then shows how much we are all caught between messy contradictions and disparate communities.