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

american tapestry cover image American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Rachel L. Swarns
People & Profiles
Amistad
Hardcover, 400 pages
$27.99

In the US, most of us are either immigrants or have descended from ancestors who came here, voluntarily or involuntarily, from somewhere else. In 1976, Alex Haley sparked a cultural sensation in the US with the publication of his novel, Roots: the Saga of an American Family, which told the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the US, and follows his life and the lives of his descendants in the US. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds were inspired to explore their own ancestry and unearth the stories that brought them here. In her newly released non-fiction book, American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Swarns relates the complex and fascinating ancestry of our First Lady. Like Roots, Swarns' book is an important window into America's multicultural roots and interwoven racial history, the fabric that makes up America's tapestry.