Red Dust Road

Red Dust Road

An Autobiographical Journey

Book - 2010
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Once, as a small child, she realizes that her skin is a different color from that of her beloved parents, Jackie Kay embarks on a complicated and humorous journey to treasure the adoptive family that chose her, track down her birth parents—her Scottish Highland mother and Nigerian father—and embrace her unexpected and remarkable life. In a book shining with warmth, humor, and compassion, she discovers that inheritance is about more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells and that our internal landscapes are as important as those through which we move. Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is revelatory, redemptive, and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach. It is a heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny, and love.
Publisher: New York : Atlas & Co., [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781935633341
Branch Call Number: 828.91409 K1805K 2010
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 19 cm


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Aug 02, 2012

The biological daughter of a Scottish nurse and a Nigerian student at Aberdeen University is adopted by Glaswegian Communists. This is a memoir about Kaye's search for her birth family and her understanding that her true self is a product of the love of her adoptive parents. Good.


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