Dreams From My Father


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Author: Obama, Barack

Title: Dreams From My Father

Genre: Non-fiction, African American, Bestseller

Publication Date: 1995, 2004

Number of Pages: 480

Geographical Setting: Hawaii, Chicago, Kenya

Plot Summary: Long before he became the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama wrote the extremely compelling story of his life. After his election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, he was offered a book contract, which resulted in poignant and honest book about his life. Obama discusses his very unusual and interesting upbringing as the son an African father and a white mother. He traces his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia to his life as a community organizer in Chicago and his trip to Kenya to learn more about the father he never knew as well as to meet the family he had never known. Throughout this book Obama struggles with his identity and attempts to reconcile his feelings about his father as well as his race. An extremely authentic and resonate story, Dreams From My Father gives insight into the man behind the politician.

Subject Headings: African Americans, interracial persons, racism, race relations, autobiography

Appeal: honest, earnest, deliberate, detailed, engaging, detailed descriptions of Chicago, detailed descriptions of Hawaii, detailed descriptions of Africa, thought-provoking, accurate, contemporary, political, urban, contemplative, reflective, optimistic, unpretentious, smart

Similar Non-Fiction Authors & Works:

Motiba’s Tattoos: a granddaughter’s journey into her Indian family’s past by Mira Kamdar (One woman’s attempt to understand the Indian diaspora through her own family’s history. Poignant, detailed, engaging)

Another Way Home by Ronne Hartfield (Story of growing up as part of a multiracial family in Chicago. Engaging, race relations, detailed descriptions of Chicago.)

The Golden Road: Notes on my gentrification by Caille Millner (A coming of age memoir dealing with the author’s identity and struggle to fit in. Engaging, reflective.)

Faith of My Fathers by John McCain (As Obama’s opponent in the 2008 Presidential election, it is interesting to discover that he had similar issues with his father and family. Honest, detailed, political.)

Relevant Fiction Authors & Works:

House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Coming of age story in Chicago. Takes place a few years prior to Obama’s arrival in Chicago)

Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande (A woman leaves her home to search for her father.)

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (A story of the immigrant experience, tracing one family’s life from India to Massachusetts.)

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