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Janny Scott Writes Biography of Barack Obama’s Mother

This spring journalist Janny Scott will publish a biography of Stanley Ann Dunham entitled A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother. Penguin has  embargoed the book until its release.

Scott traveled to the locations where Dunham had lived (Indonesia, Kansas, and Hawaii) and interviewed almost 200 subjects. Both President Obama and his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng gave interviews for the book.

The project began in 2008 when Scott wrote a New York Times article about Dunham.  Here’s an excerpt from that piece: “As a mother, Ms. Soetoro was both idealistic and exacting. Friends describe her as variously informal and intense, humorous and hardheaded. She preached to her young son the importance of honesty, straight talk, independent judgment. When he balked at her early-morning home schooling, she retorted, ‘This is no picnic for me either, buster.’” (via The New York Times)

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

David Remnick to Publish Barack Obama Biography

25265_remnick_david.gifOn April 9, Alfred A. Knopf will publish The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by New Yorker editor David Remnick. The book will launch with 200,000 hardcover copies and a simultaneous eBook edition.

For this new book, Remnick (pictured, via Gasper Tringale) will use hundreds of on-the record interviews, including talks with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Bill Ayers. In addition, the book will feature letters from Obama’s late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. The author has edited The New Yorker since 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 book, Lenin’s Tomb. Read more about the crowded field of Obama books at Politico.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group chairman Sonny Mehta had this statement: Obama’s election as President was based less on policy prescriptions than on a sense of his character and biography … The Bridge reveals not only his character, but also his trials, motivations, and perspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot.”

Barack Obama’s Mother to be Published

225px-Stanley_Ann_Dunham.jpgPresident Barack Obama‘s late mother’s anthropology dissertation about the lives of Indonesian village workers will be published this fall.

In the early 1990s, Stanley Ann Dunham completed her anthropological study of workers on the island of Java for University of Hawaii–the culmination of 14-years worth of work in Indonesia. According to the Chicago Tribune, Duke University Press will publish the new book, entitled “Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia.”

Here’s more from the article: “The book, due out in December, ‘centers on the metalworking industries in the Javanese village of Kajar, and how they offer a viable economic alternative in a rice-dependent area of rural Southeast Asia.’” Link via, image via)