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An Obama's journey : my odyssey of self-discovery across three cultures
Ndesandjo, Mark Obama.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Physical Description:
xvi, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prelude: winter in Beijing, 2009 -- Kenya: where it all began -- My parents: a failed elopement -- Dissolution: Johnnie Walker Black Label -- Cleansing -- My brother David: a tragedy -- Sex, beaches, and mixed-race families -- Of grandmothers, music, and wandering Jews -- Saints and sinners -- Being brown at Brown and other university stories -- Sibling atonement -- Harvard of the west -- Youthful indiscretions: the second time I realized I was ugly -- Culture shocks and untimely nuns -- Digital revolutions, sowing the seeds of rebellion -- A war begins: I look to the east -- The middle kingdom: China -- The orphans and a cup of water -- On love and dreams -- New directions and a special gift -- The new America has arrived -- White House family reunion -- Coda: Kenyan spring.
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In this revealing and beautifully written memoir, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, recounts his complex relationship with his older half-brother, President Barack Obama, including their first meeting in Kenya over twenty years ago. The book also offers the author's inspiring personal story about identity and multiculturalism. Rare family photos add to the book's personal nature as does the intense recounting of domestic violence in the home of Barack Obama Sr.'s  and his third wife, Ruth Baker, Mark's Jewish-American mother. 
The book also attempts to set the records straight on several points of the president's best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father . In its connection to President Obama, Mark's story takes on an even greater significance because it becomes all the more directly, a story of American identity and a window into the complex figure of the father they share, Barack Obama Sr., their roots in Kenya, their multicultural identities, and their relationships with America. 

Author Notes

Born in Kenya and a twelve year resident of Shenzhen, People's Republic of China, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo is an accomplished pianist, writer, artist and businessman. He has a BSc. Physics rom Brown University, an MSc Physics from Stanford and is an Emory EMBA graduate. He consults worldwide, using over 15 years of telecommunications and international marketing and branding experience gained as a senior manager at Lucent, Nortel and other companies. He is an HSK L7 (advanced) Mandarin speaker and writer, and an avid brush calligrapher. In addition to his first book the novel Nairobi to Shenzhen, he has published 3 piano CDs, The Untimely Ones, Night Moods and his own composition Reflections on William Blake.His current projects include a translation of Tang Dynasty poems. He regularly gives piano lessons to orphans in and around Shenzhen. Mr. Obama Ndesandjo has been appointed Volunteer Image Ambassador and Special Olympics Image Ambassador by China. Recently he established the Mark Obama Ndesandjo Foundation Ltd for cultural exchange, which brings art to youth and the disadvantaged. He lives in Shenzhen, China.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Prelude: Winter in Beijing, 2009p. xi
Chapter 1 Kenya: Where It All Beganp. 1
Chapter 2 My Parents: A Failed Elopementp. 13
Chapter 3 Dissolution: Johnnie Walker Black Labelp. 37
Chapter 4 Cleansingp. 55
Chapter 5 My Brother David: A Tragedyp. 69
Chapter 6 Sex, Beaches, and Mixed-Race Familiesp. 85
Chapter 7 Of Grandmothers, Music, and Wandering Jewsp. 95
Chapter 8 Saints and Sinnersp. 111
Chapter 9 Being Brown at Brown and Other University Storiesp. 127
Chapter 10 Sibling Atonementp. 143
Chapter 11 Harvard of the Westp. 163
Chapter 12 Youthful Indiscretions: The Second Time I Realized I Was Uglyp. 179
Chapter 13 Culture Shocks and Untimely Nunsp. 195
Chapter 14 Digital Revolutions, Sowing the Seeds of Rebellionp. 211
Chapter 15 A War Begins: I Look to the Eastp. 221
Chapter 16 Tie Middle Kingdom: Chinap. 231
Chapter 17 The Orphans and a Cup of Waterp. 255
Chapter 18 On Love and Dreamsp. 269
Chapter 19 New Directions and a Special Giftp. 289
Chapter 20 The New America Has Arrivedp. 303
Chapter 21 White House Family Reunionp. 315
Coda: Kenyan Springp. 339
Appendix I Obama Family Genealogy: 1700s-Presentp. 363
Appendix II On Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama: Setting the Record Straightp. 365
Acknowledgmentsp. 373

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