Publisher One World/Ballantine
Release Date
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780812987508
Rating 5/5 from 1 reviews

An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people? "A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are . . . and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans."--Barack Obama "A rich and revealing memoir . . . Futureface raises urgent questions having to do with history and complicity."--The New York Times The daughter of a Burmese mother and a white American father, Alex Wagner grew up thinking of herself as a "futureface"--an avatar of a mixed-race future when all races would merge into a brown singularity. But when one family mystery leads to another, Wagner's post-racial ideals fray as she becomes obsessed with the specifics of her own family's racial and ethnic history. Drawn into the wild world of ancestry, she embarks upon a quest around the world--and into her own DNA--to answer the ultimate questions of who she really is and where she belongs. The journey takes her from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases, genetic labs, and the rest of the twenty-first-century genealogy complex. But soon she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us? Wagner weaves together fascinating history, genetic science, and sociology but is really after deeper stuff than her own ancestry: in a time of conflict over who we are as a country, she tries to find the story where we all belong. Praise for Futureface "Smart, searching . . . Meditating on our ancestors, as Wagner's own story shows, can suggest better ways of being ourselves."--Maud Newton, The New York Times Book Review "Sincere and instructive . . . This timely reflection on American identity, with a bonus exposé of DNA ancestry testing, deserves a wide audience."--Library Journal "The narrative is part Mary Roach-style participation-heavy research, part family history, and part exploration of existential loneliness. . . . The journey is worth taking."--Kirkus Reviews "[A] ruminative exploration of ethnicity and identity . . . Wagner's odyssey is an effective riposte to anti-immigrant politics."--Publishers Weekly

  • Author : Alex Wagner
  • Publisher : One World/Ballantine
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08

An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people? "A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are . . . and the values and ideals that bind

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  • Author : Alex Wagner
  • Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2020-01-28

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Your Future Face
  • Author : Dennis Gross,Cara Kagan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-12-27

“Heavy makeup and face-lifts are out, and perfect, glowing skin is in. But with all the products out there, what’s a girl to do? Dr. Gross is amazing and he has the answer.” —Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes In Your Future Face, Dr. Dennis Gross, one of the

Your Future Face
  • Author : Dennis Gross,Cara Kagan
  • Publisher : Viking Adult
  • Release Date : 2004-12-29

A customizable anti-aging plan enables women to identify specific skin needs and apply the author's recommended products, procedures, and lifestyle practices in order to achieve younger-looking skin.

Future Face
  • Author : Sandra Kemp,Wellcome Trust (London, England),Science Museum (Great Britain)
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2004-09-01

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  • Author : Sandra Kemp,Vicki Bruce,Alf Linney
  • Publisher : Profile Business
  • Release Date : 2004

Faces are endlessly fascinating. Their diversity, their versatility and their unrivalled ability to communicate make them an enigma. Artists and scientists have been trying to unravel the mysteries of what makes a face and how it functions for thousands of years. Where does the face begin and end? It is

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  • Author : Beverley Milton-Edwards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-12-14

The Muslim Brotherhood is the most significant and enduring Sunni Islamist organization of the contemporary era. Its roots lie in the Middle East but it has grown into both a local and global movement, with its well-placed branches reacting effectively to take the opportunities for power and electoral competition offered

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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-09-19

A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir. Until sophomore year of high school, fifteen-year-old Allison Britz lived a comfortable life in an idyllic town. She

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  • Author : Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2018-03-13

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  • Author : Janine Davidson
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release Date : 2011-08-29

How military organizations trained for conventional war adapt—or fail to adapt—to nontraditional missions

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  • Author : Carol Lefevre
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03

Soul Alchemy Healing is a memoir in the form of a novel, a healing guide, and a workbook that aims to empower healers and those seeking healing. The magic between these covers conveys personal wisdom through a level of transparency we seldom experience. Soul Alchemy Healing offers the first glimpse

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  • Author : A. Gimeno,G. Baulenas,J. Coma-Cros
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2010-05-13

An exceptional new work on family business, showing how to maintain a balanced relationship between the family and the company, and ensure satisfactory business results. This roadmap helps the reader to build better managed and more stable family firms.

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  • Author : Matthias Heymann,Gabriele Gramelsberger,Martin Mahony
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-06-26

In recent decades, science has experienced a revolutionary shift. The development and extensive application of computer modelling and simulation has transformed the knowledge‐making practices of scientific fields as diverse as astro‐physics, genetics, robotics and demography. This epistemic transformation has brought with it a simultaneous heightening of political relevance

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  • Author : Steven J. Barela
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-03-09

Unmanned combat air vehicles, or in common parlance 'drones', have become a prominent instrument in US efforts to counter an objective (and subjective) cross-border terrorist threat with lethal force. As a result, critical questions abound on the legitimacy of their use. In a series of multidisciplinary essays by scholars with

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  • Author : Tim Wales
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-04-15

In a period of change, consolidation and cut-backs as well as rapid technological developments, the business school library is often at the forefront of new initiatives and innovative approaches to delivering and managing information in the most responsive yet cost-effective manner possible. In this unique book a respected group of