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Soul to Soul: The Story of a Black Russian American Family, 1865-1992.

What was unique about the late Alex Haley's Roots was how it connected black America to its African past. Yelena Khanga's Soul to Soul: The Story of a Black Russian American Family, 1965-1992 does not reach as far back since the roots of her family tree are more tangled and dispersed. But Khanga's heritage and her assemblage of facts is formidable, stretching from Yazoo County, Miss., to Moscow with vital contributions from East Africa and Poland.

A journalist raised in Russia, Khanga weaves a tale including a black patriarch who amassed a fortune in Mississippi, grandparents who consistently defied convention, and a mother who is politically astute. But Khanga is the most intriguing. There are no dull moments as she struggles to reconcile her legacy.
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Author:Boyd, Herb
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1993
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