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Have You Read the Candidate?

 
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Sandlynn



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:34 pm    Post subject: Have You Read the Candidate? Reply with quote

Since we're a book reading web site, I thought I'd ask the question. Have you read any of the candidates' books? McCain's? Obama's? Biden's? (I don't think Palin has written a book ... yet. But, I wouldn't be surprised if "Joe the Plumber" has one coming out soon.Wink )

In any event, I'm in the middle of Laura Lee Guhrke's "Conor's Way," but I put it aside today to start reading, Barack Obama's "Dreams From My Father." (I don't usually read politicians' books. I actually had bought it to give it to a friend for her birthday, but I gave her a set of Ina Garten's "The Barefoot Contessa" Food Network DVD's and kept the book to read for myself.)

Anyway, I started reading it today and am about 60 pages in. I must say, he had one interesting childhood. Being the daughter of a -- mostly -- single mother, I too had to deal with a mother who uprooted me and took me places I never expected to be, but nothing like him, that's for sure. I don't know how I would've dealt with what he did. Frankly, when I was 13 and my mother wanted to move again, I stood fast and decided, NO!!!!!

I was not going to spend each year of high school in different schools, at different addresses, so *I,* like Obama, moved in with my grandmother so that I could attend only one high school all four years.

The difference is that Obama's mother made that decision for him. Me, I made it for myself. My mother -- not a very educated individual -- would never have figured out that a young person needs a bit more stability in terms of her academics than she was providing. (Not to disparage her, because she deeply loved me and was a good, proud mother.)

In any event, I am relating to Obama in a weird way.
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tyakoffs



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read Obama's first book, but I did read his second which I found very interesting. I also grew up in an academic family that lacked roots and was moved quite frequently. I didn't move out at 17, as much as getting left behind during that move.

I have wondered about Obama's childhood also because during my parents journey's I was at times not accepted as a member of the community we lived in due to race, accent, or family background.

I once read a memior of Alice Walker's daughter who talked about childhood of confusion around race and identity. Her father is white and jewish and the book was a fascinating account of her navigating various worlds in which she seem more observer than member. To what extent was his childhood experience similar?
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