Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Adele egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Subscribe & Save Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Shop Now DOTD

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: $9.99

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

And Then Life Happens: A Memoir Kindle Edition

25 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"

Length: 353 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Editorial Reviews


"A burnished look at a difficult, ruptured childhood in Kenya... [a] delicate, emotional work...that enlightens and deepens the public’s understanding of the president." -- Kirkus Reviews

"...engrossing... Especially poignant are the sections that tell how, as a college student, Auma finally got to know the mother who relinquished her as a baby. Despite the level of recognition Auma achieved during the 2008 presidential election, there are no airs here. The prose is simple, and Auma's honest, straightforward storytelling makes her an instantly likeable narrator." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

AUMA OBAMA was born in Kenya right after the country gained its independence. She grew up first with her mother and paternal grandparents, and later with her (and President Obama's) father and American step-mother. She now works in Nairobi for CARE International, an organization specializing in educational projects worldwide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2707 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FU7X6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. Pipkin on May 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read Auma's book almost straight through with just a couple of breaks. A fascinating look at her life growing up in Kenya, earning a scholarship to study in Germany where she eventually earned her PhD, of the account of first meeting her American brother Barack when both were in their 20's, and especially her work in Kenya as a youth counselor and the founder of the Sauti Kuu (Powerful Voices) Foundation. She is working to enable young people in rural Kenya to find their own voices, and to use what they have in their own communities to create a life for themselves rather than depending on charity from others or moving to a big city where they'd likely end up living in a slum. It's an inspiring and insightful story and Auma is a wonderful writer. Highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love to read memoirs. What do people really want the world to know about them and why? I read this fascinating memoir on my Kindle Fire, fully aware that it probably would not have been written had Auma Obama not been the half-sister of our president, Barack Obama.

This book is her story, how she coped with a dysfunctional family life, political changes in Kenya as the country transitioned from colonial rule, her education which was not typical for all African children in Kenya, and her escape to Germany for further study without informing her father. There are pictures included in the book and plenty of insights concerning the senior Obama and his clan.

Having read Barack Obama's detailed first book about his father and relatives in Kenya, I was aware of Auma, the half-sister who visited her brother in Illinois and later introduced him to his African family, including his grandmother when he visited Kenya. Auma recounts his other visits to the country as well as her visits to America, attending the wedding of Barack and Michelle Obama, meeting Barack's mother and other half-sister from Hawaii. She relates in detail her search for a happy marriage, her love for her daughter, and her desire to help children in Africa.

While there is some repetition, a bit too much about her love life, and an obvious desire to paint Obama Sr. as "brilliant", I enjoyed learning more about our President's African ancestry and traditions, the British educational system in Kenya, as well as Auma's experiences living in Germany and Britain. Yes there is a cultural divide expressed in this memoir but we are rewarded by the happy ending for her - the election of her half-brother as president of the United States, and his sincere love for her and his African ancestry. I'm sure he is proud of this book and Auma, who was able to answer so many questions about his absentee father and his complicated life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By john langford on May 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
...about a girl who overcame the odds of family dysfunction, gender and race and triumphed because of her spirit, tenacity, intelligence and despite her self-doubt.

instead of a bitter and cynical person, she grew up to become a caring and generous woman who is accomplished in multiple disciplines and who is using her talents for the forces of good.

i particularly liked the fact that this is truly her story and that her brother's rise to fame is only one of many sub-plots. i highly recommend this book for anyone who's looking for a poignant, well-written story that will truly inspire and touch you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jaramogi on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Auma Obama has in this book has shown that in Luo Culture Women have equal chances for education and prosperity. Those who know Kenyan Life in 1960's and 1970's know well how difficult it was to offer such education to girls.
Auma has also confirmed the important role women play in Luo Culture by bringing family members together. "Auma Ero Kamano kuom kelo owadwu dala kendo kuom wuotho kode e thurwa"~this is a Luo text that translates as follows:Auma, thank you for bringing your brother home and spending the time to show him around.
This is an interesting African story that is worth telling across the Luo lands and among the Luo all over the world.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kerubo Abuya on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A powerful and soulful story of life so beautifully narrated! A remarkable reminder of the power of narrative highlighting a no-nonsense Afropolitan woman's story that takes us into spaces of Auma's life journey from rural Luo Kenya to other parts of the world. A candid revelation of Auma's lived experiences potent with human themes so artistically interwoven through prose, imagery and some shared poetry bring to life matters of love in its diverse dimensions, motherhood, marriage and relationships, family relations and the dynamics of blended and extended family setups, family separation, culture, multiculturalism, identity, ethnicity, class, gender, patriarchy, feminism and gender equality, racism, death, depression, self determination, self preservation, diversity, purpose, service, leadership, education, academia, post colonial education in Kenya, life in the Diaspora, international development ideology with a special focus on development in Africa, among others. Heart-rending insights and reflections of her late father and family's lives' during post independence Kenya are a necessary education that exposes the human side of its deep impact as fueled by the politics and dynamics of negative ethnicity. A captivating encounter of Auma's story of hope, passion and the resilience of the human spirit shared upon a balanced and thoughtful backdrop of her loving relationship with her famous brother, Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States of America. Thank you Auma for sharing your story and for the great work you are doing with the youth to help create conditions for a more humane and equitable existence for all. Peace!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in