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From The CriticsThirty-seven years after Malcolm X's assassination, his life and words remain vital and controversial. Unfortunately, this memoir, by his third daughter, doesn't deepen our understanding of the complex, charismatic man. Apart from the author's moving account of the death of her mother, Betty Shabazz, in 1997—from burns sustained in a fire set by one of her grandsons—the memoir mainly consists of not-very-remarkable memories of childhood, summer camp, first boyfriends and college parties. These accounts are interspersed with admiration and praise for the author's martyred father and her courageous mother. Readers seeking substantive insight into the character of Malcolm X or Betty Shabazz, or even a novel perspective on current race relations in America, will be disappointed.