American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

By Rachel L. Swarns. Amistad, $27.99 (9780061999864).


Drawing on two years of research, including interviews with two elderly women—one black, the other white—Swarns presents the complicated story of race in the U.S. through the prism of Michelle Obama’s family history.




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