Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims
I care about people emerging into their true selves, and I am interested in examining that which gets in their way.

I couldn’t be happier with how Real American has been received in its first year. It's being adopted into college and high school curricula, and by book groups around the country, and now comes the paperback version, which has a fresh new cover, pages with a lovely feathery edge, and a wonderful set of discussion questions at the back. I hope you’ll buy one for yourself, a loved one, or a friend. And join the conversation on Instagram at #RealAmericansEverywhere.


"Lythcott-Haims never comes to a tidy conclusion about how to view race relations in America, because there isn’t one. By allowing us to witness a woman coming to terms with herself, and finding nothing but pride and love there, she offers a blueprint for how others might try to do the same.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“In daringly original prose . . . [Lythcott-Haims] wades defiantly into the tricky waters of racism and its devastating impact on building institutions and undermining individuals.”­
—Essence Magazine

“[S]ure to invoke your internal amen choir.”

“A necessary and timely read for anyone looking not just to learn but to understand.”

"A candid, deeply personal look at race relations within a family and a nation, and a story that will feel familiar to anyone who hungers for a sense of belonging."
—Chicago Tribune