Tears of My Mother: The Legacy of My Nigerian Upbringing


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Gallery Books
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6.31 X 9.3 X 0.96 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Wendy Osefo is a Nigerian American political commentator, public affairs academic, philanthropist, and television personality. She is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education. She is also a cast member on The Real Housewives of Potomac.


"Raw, funny, and shockingly honest, a universal story about mothers and daughters, generational divides, and the need to break free from even those we love and admire most. This deeply moving story of a first generation Nigerian American is a lightning bolt--I fell in love with it immediately."
--Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations
"In Tears of My Mother, Dr. Wendy Osefo artfully captures the horrors that so many first-generation immigrants face in pursuit of that 'perfect American dream.' Not only does Osefo brilliantly document the struggle in a way that only a true researcher can, but she offers a clear path to success, without pulling any punches. Tears of My Mother is a sobering exploration of family that has the power to educate generations."
--D. Watkins, HBO writer, New York Times bestselling author of The Beast Side and Black Boy Smile
"A beautiful ode to a fierce Nigerian mother whose tremendous sacrifices and iron will is recognizable to many Americans raised by immigrants. I loved this story."
--Omarosa Manigault Newman, New York Times bestselling author of Unhinged
"Other first-generation immigrants may recognize some of their own struggles in this book and be able to see themselves in Wendy's story. This memoir is a love letter to Dr. Osefo's mother and first-generation immigrants all across America. Readers don't have to be Real Housewives fans to enjoy this touching story of love, loss, and emotional growth."
--Library Journal
"Osefo is a gifted storyteller, and she gives us this one with equal parts candor and heart. She's always careful to stay out of the way of the book's true star: her remarkable Nigerian-born mother, Susan, who flouted tradition while upholding it. Susan demonstrated her own brand of love, Nigerian style, while modeling success, American style. I've yet to read a more exquisitely-drawn portrait of the intense bond that only a mother can have with a daughter."
--Katie Haufner, author of Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir
"An honest, often funny, sometimes shocking examination of mother-daughter relationships."