Real American

  • by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • Narrated by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Powerful must read

The rawness you hear as Julie is reading her experience of being a biracial woman growing up in the United States, of being a mother to two biracial children, and a woman in a biracial relationship is palpable and searing. Every white American who is able to truly open their hearts and ears to listen would never be able to turn a blind eye to racism, systemic oppression, and white supremacy again.
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- Molly Oberweiser

Black lives do matter, as do others.

I wanted to like this book and started to from time to time, but there was just a little too much poor me coming from an upper class Harvard girl, even if she considers herself black. There is no doubt that racism is an issue in the US today. We all loose because of judging each other by the most ridiculous of all characteristics - color. That is what I hoped to read about and get a new slant on how to overcome the degrading and stifling effects it has on our culture as a whole. I get how terrible it is for this author and it is a shame. I just needed something with a bit more hope in it.
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- Robin Fay-Mcnair

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio