Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging

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5.1 X 1.0 X 7.9 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author

Alex Wagner is co-host and executive producer of Showtime's The Circus, a national correspondent for CBS News, and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. She lives in New York City.


"Futureface raises urgent questions having to do with history and complicity. . . . A rich and revealing memoir."--The New York Times

"A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are . . . and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans."--Barack Obama

"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

"Alex Wagner is brilliant and hilarious. Futureface is a magic trick: She starts with the humble story of a third-culture kid's existential loneliness and ends with a smart, timely, and moving exploration of family lies, exile and immigration, genetics, and the mystery of human belonging."--Eddie Huang, bestselling author of Fresh Off the Boat

"Futureface is an important contribution to the American conversation--Alex Wagner's story is insightful, moving, informative, and searing. I have deeply admired Alex for a long time as an original thinker, a keenly observant journalist, and a funny, empathetic human being. Read this book and you'll understand why."--Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore