A remarkable history of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mixed ancestry, American Tapestry by Rachel L. Swarns is nothing less than a breathtaking and expansive portrait of America itself.
In this extraordinary feat of genealogical research—in the tradition of The Hemmingses of Monticello and Slaves in the Family—author Swarns, a respected Washington-based reporter for the New York Times, tells the fascinating and hitherto untold story of Ms. Obama’s black, white, and multiracial ancestors; a history that the First Lady herself did not know.
At once epic, provocative, and inspiring, American Tapestry is more than a true family saga; it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.
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In a way, the real-life saga of struggle, survival, triumph and tragedy serves as an uplifting companion to Alex Haley's Roots and Alice Walker's The Color Purple.Read Full Review of American Tapestry
A readable if occasionally weedy saga about one of our most famous citizens, "American Tapestry" holds rewards.Read Full Review of American Tapestry
This book is a worthy and significant endeavor.Read Full Review of American Tapestry
At once epic, provocative, and inspiring,American Tapestry is more than a true family saga; it is an illuminating mirror in which we may all see ourselves.Read Full Review of American Tapestry
The First Lady's lineage is a most-intriguing, multiracial mosaic.Read Full Review of American Tapestry
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