President Barack Obama’s number one, New York Times bestselling memoir of his childhood and young adult years, a compelling journey through family, race, and identity, is now adapted for young people. The Young Adult edition by Random House Children’s Books features a new cover and includes a new introduction from the author, a new full-color photo insert, and a family tree.
The Original Book
Originally published in 1995, and hailed as “quite extraordinary” by Toni Morrison and “provocative” by the New York Times, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER is a revealing portrait of a young Black man asking questions about self-discovery and belonging—long before he became one of the most important voices in America. On his journey to adulthood from a humble background, Barack Obama forges his own path through trial and error while staying connected to his roots—determined to lead a life of purpose, service, and authenticity.
Obama’s Life Story
The son of a white American mother and a Black Kenyan father, Obama was born in Hawaii, where he lived until he was six years old, when he moved with his mother and stepfather to Indonesia. At twelve, he returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Obama brings readers along as he faces the challenges of high school and college, living in New York, becoming a community organizer in Chicago, and traveling to Kenya. Through these experiences, he forms an enduring commitment to leadership and justice. Told through the lens of his relationships with his family—the mother and grandparents who raised him, the father he knows more as a myth than as a man, and the extended family in Kenya he meets for the first time—Obama confronts the complicated truth of his father’s life and legacy and comes to embrace his divided heritage.
This powerful memoir will inspire readers to examine both where they come from and where they are capable of going. DREAMS FROM MY FATHER has sold over 7 million copies worldwide and is available in more than 40 languages.
As President Barack Obama writes in the new introduction to the Young Adult edition: “The young man you meet in these pages is flawed and full of yearning, asking questions of himself and the world around him, learning as he goes. I know now, of course, that this was just the beginning for him. If you’re lucky, life provides you with a good long arc. I hope that my story will encourage you to think about telling your story, and to value the stories of others around you. The journey is always worth taking. Your answers will come.”
The GRAMMY® Award-winning adult edition of DREAMS FROM MY FATHER will also be available in a new unabridged audiobook recording from Penguin Random House Audio, read by President Obama.