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My Long Trip Home by Mark Whitaker
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Aug 20, 11

Read from August 15 to 17, 2011

At it's core, My Long Trip Home is a very American story, even though it spans three continents. Reviewers will be tempted to peg this as a book about race and racial identity, but it is so much more than that. It is a book about family, and the family just happens to be multiracial. Given today's shifting racial demographics, I can't think of anything more American.

Mark Whittaker has done some serious research on his family and he has done a tremendous amount of soul searching. This was a book written out of love, not bitterness, although Whittaker does have a right to be bitter about some aspects of his life. I was so taken by this book that I read it in only a couple of sittings.
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