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Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey

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Once, as a small child, she realizes that her skin is a different color from that of her beloved parents, Jackie Kay embarks on a complicated and humorous journey to treasure the adoptive family that chose her, track down her birth
parents—her Scottish Highland mother and Nigerian father—and embrace her unexpected and remarkable life.

In a book shining with warmth, humor, an
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Published April 13th 2011 by Atlas (first published 2010)
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Claire McAlpine
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Outstanding, brilliant, what a wonderful book and beautifully articulated story. A favourite for 2012, a hidden treasure absolutely. Can't wait to read more from her.

Read my full review on my blog 'Word by Word'
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book it changed one story to the next the character is strong in this book,
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption-books
I have never felt as intensely mirrored or seen as I did from reading this book. I'm actually kind of shaking a little. Thank you Jackie.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this woman 💓
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jennifer
I had not heard of this writer until I was given the audio CD version of this book for Christmas. Jackie Kay is a poet and a professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University in the UK.

Many people have written about the evil effects of discrimination and this author has encountered more than most. She was born to a white Scottish woman and a black Nigerian father and adopted by a white Scottish couple in the 1960s in Glasgow where most people were hostile to anyone with a darker skin. She is
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think at the moment I'm really into books that take their political commitments for granted, that aren't about trying to persuade you into them or explain them, that don't assume you don't already share those values, where radical politics is the setting, not the jewel. Human stories about and for politicised people.

I came across Jackie Kay in a book of women's poetry -- she'd written a poem about a woman frantically trying to hide all traces of her left-wing political commitments from her ho
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 - Book at the Week:

t was the imminent birth of her son that prompted the poet and novelist Jackie Kay to try and trace the parents who had given her up for adoption in the 1960s.

Her own childhood had been a profoundly happy one with open and loving parents . They had always made it clear to her that she and her elder brother, both mixed race, were 'special' because they had been 'chosen'. But Scotland and indeed Britain was not always an easy place to be, particularly in those e
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Marc Livingstone
I got this book free at an event for world book night, I'd heard Jackie Kay on radio 4 before and liked her and since bought some of her poetry which I enjoyed. I was pleased when she was appointed makar, and thought I'd give this a go.

There are so many really moving moments, mainly to do with her tracking down her biological family, but i wanted to highlight one thing specifically: the warmth with which she describes her upbringing and her communist parents, the humanitarian values they taught
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great memoir, beautifully written and giving real insight into Jackie Kay's life, and how she feels about herself. I have already read and enjoyed Trumpet, I think I will try some of her poetry now.
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Born in Glasgow in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, Kay was adopted by a white couple, Helen and John Kay, as a baby. Brought up in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb, she has an older adopted brother, Maxwell as well as siblings by her adoptive parents.

Kay's adoptive father worked full-time for the Communist Party and stood for election as a Member of Parliament, and her adoptive moth
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