- Published: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2004.
- Year Published: 2004
- Edition: Rev. ed.
- Description: 442 p. ; 21 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- 1400082773 (softcover)
- Obama, Barack.
- African Americans -- Biography.
- Racially mixed people -- Biography.
- United States -- Race relations.
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Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
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Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult
Originally published: New York : Times Books, c1995.
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I kept this book on my shelf for about six months but could never quite bring myself to bite the bullet and start reading it. One day I picked it up, flipped to a random page and started skimming. I was immediately drawn in and started from the beginning. I finished it in less than a week. This book is 400+ pages. Obama's life has been fascinating and this book doesn't even get into the last decade or two. He makes some great observations about history, family, race, and community in general. He tends to get a little melodramatic sometimes, but if I had lived his life I would too. Plus, a little hyperbole never hurt a book in terms of readability. I especially liked his descriptions of the mixed-up international web of people that constitutes his family. Many of us can relate to families like that, although I suspect few of us have traveled the globe in search of a deeper understanding of ourselves and our history.
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