Rachel L. Swarns
In American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Amistad, $27.99) journalist Rachel L. Swarns presents a compelling and comprehensive history of Michelle Obama's family. The journey spans five generations--from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to the Jewish Reform movement, to the Great Migration, to the Jim Crow south and finally, to the White House. A completely fascinating look at the complex ancestry of one family, African Americans, and all Americans.” –Booklist starred review. Swarns, a reporter for the New York Times since 1995, has written about domestic policy and national politics and has reported on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and First Lady Michelle Obama.