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American Tapestry
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Michelle Obama's family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story-a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. In this prodigiously researched epic, New York Times correspondent Rachel L. Swarns traces that complex and fascinating tale-from the men who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to the mothers and fathers who endured the horrors of slavery and the indignities of segregation to build a better future for their children-uncovering details about Mrs. Obama's black, white, and multiracial forebears that even the First Lady herself did not know. Though an intimate family history, American Tapestry is also the collective chronicle of our changing nation, a beautifully rendered and singularly inspiring story with resonance for us all.
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"Extraordinary. . . . A fascinating account of the First Lady's family. . . . No political [book] has ever looked like this one."--New York Times Book Review "A meticulously researched and eloquently written real-life detective story."--Essence "Richly detailed. . . . A lushly layered portrait of the nation itself. . . .Swarns weaves a narrative in which massive social changes (slavery, Reconstruction, the Great Migration) and the microscopic details of DNA play equally important roles."--Boston Globe "Swarns paints a vivid, intriguing portrait of people whose struggles, losses, and triumphs speak volumes about the pull of family and the power of American endurance."--Los Angeles Times "Swarns has unearthed and disseminated crucial American history here. . . . A remarkable, only-in-America story that Swarns tells with care and thoughtfulness. . . . Her passion for the story is clear and striking. . . . This book is a worthy and significant endeavor."--Washington Post "An engrossing book. . . . Swarns outlines the fascinating journeys taken by various ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama--the people who, across the generations, helped make her who she is today."--Library Journal "Tremendously moving. . . . Swarns provides numerous tales of heartbreak and achievement, many of which essentially make up the American story."--Kirkus Reviews "[A] meticulous, detailed investigation into Mrs. Obama's family tree. . . . American Tapestry holds rewards."--Denver Post "Swarns discovers an interesting world that not only helps to define the First Lady's personal background but is also an essential piece of the fabric that makes up America's roots. . . . A great glimpse into America's multicultural foundations."--Upscale Magazine "[A] layered, scrupulously researched, and wrenching chronicle."--Publishers Weekly Extraordinary. . . . A fascinating account of the First Lady s family. . . . No political [book] has ever looked like this one. --New York Times Book Review" Riveting. . . . A microcosm of this country s story. . . . The real-life saga of struggle, survival, triumph and tragedy serves as an uplifting companion to Alex Haley s "Roots." --USA Today" Richly detailed. . . . A lushly layered portrait of the nation itself. . . .Swarns weaves a narrative in which massive social changes (slavery, Reconstruction, the Great Migration) and the microscopic details of DNA play equally important roles. --Boston Globe" Swarns has unearthed and disseminated crucial American history here. . . . A remarkable, only-in-America story that Swarns tells with care and thoughtfulness. . . . Her passion for the story is clear and striking. . . . This book is a worthy and significant endeavor. --Washington Post" Swarns paints a vivid, intriguing portrait of people whose struggles, losses, and triumphs speak volumes about the pull of family and the power of American endurance. --Los Angeles Times" A meticulously researched and eloquently written real-life detective story. --Essence" A completely fascinating look at the complex ancestry of one family, African Americans, and all Americans. --Booklist (starred review)" Tremendously moving. . . . Swarns provides numerous tales of heartbreak and achievement, many of which essentially make up the American story. --Kirkus Reviews" An engrossing book. . . . Swarns outlines the fascinating journeys taken by various ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama the people who, across the generations, helped make her who she is today. --Library Journal" [A] meticulous, detailed investigation into Mrs. Obama s family tree. . . . American Tapestry holds rewards. --Denver Post" Swarns discovers an interesting world that not only helps to define the First Lady s personal background but is also an essential piece of the fabric that makes up America s roots. . . . A great glimpse into America s multicultural foundations. --Upscale Magazine" [A] layered, scrupulously researched, and wrenching chronicle. --Publishers Weekly" The First Family becomes ever more fascinating and ever more representative of the nation as a whole in Rachel Swarns s terrific investigation into the roots of Michelle Obama. . . . This is a most compelling read and more evidence for our interconnectedness as a people. --Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University professor and host and executive producer of PBS's "Finding Your Roots"" A grand, important book that shows how American bloodlines are rarely wholly black or purely white, neither one race nor another. Nowhere is that more true than in "American Tapestry, " an eloquent history of the First Lady s family. --James McBride, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Color of Water"" Rachel Swarns has not only excavated, with painstaking care, the family tree that is Michelle Obama s, but, with great insight and beautiful prose, has revealed the complex, eye-opening, and disconcerting experiences that are America. This is a work of impressive historical imagination and deep cultural significance. --Steven Hahn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "A Nation under Our Feet"" Illuminating. . . . Unforgettable in its sweep and movingly told, "American Tapestry" has the power to reshape our understanding of the phrase descended from slaves. --Janny Scott, author of "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother"" In this tour de force of biological sleuthing, Rachel L. Swarns explodes simplistic notions of life and love in the Old South.. . . . Swarns has bestowed upon all Americans a revelatory understanding of our shared racial heritage. --Fergus M. Bordewich, author of "Bound for Canaan"" "A completely fascinating look at the complex ancestry of one family, African Americans, and all Americans."--Booklist (starred review) "In this tour de force of biological sleuthing, Rachel L. Swarns explodes simplistic notions of life and love in the Old South.. . . . Swarns has bestowed upon all Americans a revelatory understanding of our shared racial heritage."--Fergus M. Bordewich, author of Bound for Canaan "Illuminating. . . . Unforgettable in its sweep and movingly told, American Tapestry has the power to reshape our understanding of the phrase 'descended from slaves.'"--Janny Scott, author of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother "Rachel Swarns has not only excavated, with painstaking care, the family tree that is Michelle Obama's, but, with great insight and beautiful prose, has revealed the complex, eye-opening, and disconcerting experiences that are America. This is a work of impressive historical imagination and deep cultural significance."--Steven Hahn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Nation under Our Feet "A grand, important book that shows how American bloodlines are rarely wholly black or purely white, neither one race nor another. Nowhere is that more true than in American Tapestry, an eloquent history of the First Lady's family."--James McBride, author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water "The First Family becomes ever more fascinating--and ever more representative of the nation as a whole--in Rachel Swarns's terrific investigation into the roots of Michelle Obama. . . . This is a most compelling read and more evidence for our interconnectedness as a people."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University professor and host and executive producer of PBS's Finding Your Roots "Riveting. . . . A microcosm of this country's story. . . . The real-life saga of struggle, survival, triumph and tragedy serves as an uplifting companion to Alex Haley's Roots."--USA Today

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