An audiobook "read by the author" can be a gamble. A good writer and a good book don't guarantee a good listen. REAL AMERICAN--written and read by Julie Lythcott-Haims--at first seems to be a familiar story. Lythcott-Haims--biracial and well educated--struggles with negative perceptions of affirmative action, the problem of being biracial in a linear-thinking nation, and even the problem of what to do with her hair. But Lythcott-Haims is not a tragic figure. From the first chapter, she jabs a finger at the listener while issuing an invitation to listen. This is a growth story, one only the writer can deliver. She knows where to place the emotion--in the pride and love she feels for her father and in the pain of what her Midwestern neighbors really thought of the family. This academic has heart. M.P.P. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2017]
Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9781427299871 $34.99
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