SandyPP, August 22, 2012 (view all comments by SandyPP)
It's hard to believe how little this amazing woman is known and part of our political conversation. Yes, she did pass on idealism to her son but she was also an accomplished important person in her own right with a story worth reading for it's own sake. She was a natural feminist in the best sense of the word. Read to know her son better and read to learn a story of perseverance, creativity and impact.
writermala, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
Most Readers will pick up "A singular woman" because it is a biography of Stanley Ann Dunham who happens to be the mother of the President of the U.S. However, once one begins reading the book, the story is so compelling that one realizes it is Ann who has made Barack Obama who he is. Ann led an extremely interesting life and this story would be most interesting independent of "The Barack Obama factor!" Ann has shown us by her life that "beneath our surface differences, we're all the same."
In the epilogue President Obama acknowledges that his mother "had a naivete` and idealism, that's I suppose, the naive`idealism in me."
Ann is certainly true to the adage "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world," though ironically she was not always present in her children's lives when they were growing up. All the same, this is a page-turner of a biography!
The New York Times bestseller-an unprecedented look into the life and character of the woman who raised a president.
Barack Obama has written extensively about his father but credited his mother for "what is best in me." Still, little is known about this fiercely independent, spirited woman who raised the man who became the first biracial president of the United States. This book is that story.
In A Singular Woman, award-winning New York Times reporter Janny Scott tells the story of this unique woman, Stanley Ann Dunham, who broke many of the rules of her time, and shows how her fierce example helped influence the future president-and can serve as an inspiration to us all.
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