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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.
A fearless debut audiobook memoir in which beloved and best-selling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America.
Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called "micro" aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses, also, through Lythcott-Haims' path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other".
The author of the New York Times best-selling anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims offers listeners a different kind of story this time out but one that will nevertheless resonate with the legions of students, educators, and parents to whom she is now well known, by whom she is beloved, and to whom she has always provided wise and necessary counsel about how to embrace and nurture their best selves. Real American is an affecting memoir, an unforgettable cri de coeur, and a clarion call to all of us to live more wisely, generously and fully.
©2017 Julie Lythcott-Haims (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Courageous, achingly honest." (Michelle Alexander, New York Times best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness)
"A compelling, incisive, and thoughtful examination of race, origin, and what it means to be called an American. Engaging, heartfelt, and beautifully written, Lythcott-Haims explores the American spectrum of identity with refreshing courage and compassion." (Bryan Stevenson, New York Times best-selling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 01-08-18

Silvi would be proud.!!! awareness,love& tears

This book hooked me in from page one and living with racism daily and having with mountains I climb and valleys I swim.. perfectly put.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christina on 12-20-17

A beautiful truth

This book is not just about one theme, it's so life stricken it's amazing. Being black, feeling vulnerable, being honest about moments of insecurity, relationships with Family... it's all so beautiful. This book stands as a monument to all that plagues society and really helps me see how universal some themes are. It's truly awesome

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