And Then Life Happens by Auma Obama

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Alas, though, Auma’s memoir sheds little light on her enigmatic American sibling.
-Financial Times

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A moving account by Auma Obama about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama.

While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father. Barack and Auma met for the first time in the 1980s, and they built a lasting relationship which lead to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history and finally Auma's support for her brother's political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency.

Auma spent sixteen years studying and living in Germany, moved to England for love, and gave birth to a daughter there. The tension between her original and chosen worlds and cultures was a constant challenge, and eventually Auma returned to Africa and worked to support young men and women in shaping their futures.

In And Then Life Happens, her candid and emotional memoir, Auma shares her own story as well as recollections of and experiences with her famous brother, who says about their first encounter: "I hugged her, we looked at each other, and laughed. I knew right then that I loved her."

 

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AUMA OBAMA was born in Kenya right after the country gained its independence. She grew up first with her mother and paternal grandparents, and later with her (and President Obama's) father and American step-mother. She now works in Nairobi for CARE International, an organization specializing in educational projects worldwide.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Romance. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Another treatment of the extended Obama family that enlightens and deepens the public’s understanding of the president.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 30 2012

the book was smoothly translated by Ross Benjamin who, as Auma notes, successfully captured her voice and vision.

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Financial Times

Below average
Reviewed by Edward Luce on Jun 22 2012

Alas, though, Auma’s memoir sheds little light on her enigmatic American sibling.

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