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The Resource Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging, Alex Wagner

Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging, Alex Wagner

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Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging
Title
Futureface
Title remainder
a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging
Statement of responsibility
Alex Wagner
Title variation
  • Future face
  • Stories we tell ourselves
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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? Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another--and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities--was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are. When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story--introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history--Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history. The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, 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? The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong."--provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wagner, Alex
Dewey number
929.2/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.W2233
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wagner, Alex
  • Families
  • Genetic genealogy
  • United States
  • Racially mixed people
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
Label
Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging, Alex Wagner
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-338)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn968310759
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 338 pages
Isbn
9780812997941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)968310759
Label
Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging, Alex Wagner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-338)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn968310759
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 338 pages
Isbn
9780812997941
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)968310759

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