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A Singular Woman: the life of Barack Obama’s mother

A Singular Woman, by Janny Scott
A Singular Woman, by Janny Scott
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A mother of two children, a critic of societal norms, and an anthropologist who made ground-breaking progress in microfinance, Stanley Ann Dunham was the Virtruvian woman. She was also the mother of Barack Obama. It’s not often that a parent dwells in the shadow of her child and through examination of Dunham, she is not the exception. Janny Scott, author of A Singular Woman, chronicles the extraordinary life of Stanley Ann Dunham, the choices she made and the adversity she overcame as a free-thinking woman of her time.


Janny Scott, New York Times reporter and author, A Singular Woman