And Then Life Happens: A Memoir

And Then Life Happens: A Memoir

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by Auma Obama
     
 

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A moving account by Auma Obama about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama.

While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father. Barack and Auma met for the

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A moving account by Auma Obama about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama.

While her younger brother Barack grew up in the U.S. and Indonesia, Auma Obama's childhood played out at the other end of the world in a remote village in Kenya, the birthplace of the siblings' shared father. Barack and Auma met for the first time in the 1980s, and they built a lasting relationship which lead to travels together in Kenya, research into their family history and finally Auma's support for her brother's political career and eventual bid for the U.S. presidency.

Auma spent sixteen years studying and living in Germany, moved to England for love, and gave birth to a daughter there. The tension between her original and chosen worlds and cultures was a constant challenge, and eventually Auma returned to Africa and worked to support young men and women in shaping their futures.

In And Then Life Happens, her candid and emotional memoir, Auma shares her own story as well as recollections of and experiences with her famous brother, who says about their first encounter: "I hugged her, we looked at each other, and laughed. I knew right then that I loved her."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A burnished look at a difficult, ruptured childhood in Kenya... [a] delicate, emotional work...that enlightens and deepens the public's understanding of the president.” —Kirkus Reviews

...engrossing... Especially poignant are the sections that tell how, as a college student, Auma finally got to know the mother who relinquished her as a baby. Despite the level of recognition Auma achieved during the 2008 presidential election, there are no airs here. The prose is simple, and Auma's honest, straightforward storytelling makes her an instantly likeable narrator.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250010599
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,007,532
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

AUMA OBAMA was born in Kenya right after the country gained its independence. She grew up first with her mother and paternal grandparents, and later with her (and President Obama's) father and American step-mother. She now works in Nairobi for CARE International, an organization specializing in educational projects worldwide.


AUMA OBAMA was born in Kenya right after the country gained its independence. She grew up first with her mother and paternal grandparents, and later with her (and President Obama's) father and American step-mother. She now works in Nairobi for CARE International, an organization specializing in educational projects worldwide.

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And Then Life Happens: A Sister's Memoir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
pydollwillie More than 1 year ago
This is a must read...so very informative about the Obama's family make-up and history. I enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is President Obama's sister, she is African and she is black. Not good for right wing bigots and the like. Every else should enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bookloverNM More than 1 year ago
Auma talks about her life in Africa, while president Obama was growing up in America. What a wonderful story she tells and all she has done so far in her young life! READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This well-written and well-translated (from the German) autobiography by the Presidednt's (half-)sister Auma Obama reveals a person who haa had an interesting life in her own right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago