A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Stacey Patton penned this moving memoir describing her tumultuous childhood growing up first in a state institution and then in a fractured foster family. She makes a strong case to illustrate how the brutal legacy of slavery continues to affect African-American families today. "... a document ... striking in its endeavor to relate a unique individual experience to broader communal life."-Kirkus Reviews
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"Considering her tumultuous beginnings--first, as a ward of the state in foster care, then, as an adoptee in a highly dysfunctional family--Stacy Patton has truly risen above the fray. However, this is not your typical rags-to-riches memoir. The young historian raises the question of whether the race and gender violence still plaguing contemporary African-American culture is yet another legacy of slavery. Robin Miles gives a brilliant performance. She is eloquent as Patton explores both her own and her race's history. Miles makes every voice compelling--from an undereducated contemporary black to a former slave giving an oral history. This audiobook is well worth the listener's attention. P.R. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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