Growing up, Joe Mozingo heard many stories about where his father’s family was from—Italy, Hungary, the Basque Country. Then one day, a college professor told him his name came from Africa. That sent Joe, a blue-eyed white man, off on a journey to find the truth of his family roots. That journey is recounted in The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, Our Search for Family (Free Press, $25.99). Mozingo is a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and helped lead a Miami Herald reporting team whose investigation into the crash of the space shuttle Columbia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.