Real American: A Memoir

Winner of the 2018 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award

"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