Elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama was offered a book contract, but the intellectual journey he planned to recount became instead this poignant, probing memoir of an unusual life.
Woman and a black Kenyan student. So Obama’s not-unhappy youth is nevertheless a lonely voyage to racial identity, tensions in school, struggling with black literature with one month-long visit. After college, Obama became a community organizer in Chicago.
He slowly found place and purpose among folks of similar hue but different memory, winning enough small victories to commit himself to the work. With his father dead, he still confronted obligation and loss, and found wellsprings of love and attachment. Obama leaves some lingering questions. his mother is virtually absent. but still has written a resonant book.
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