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bookcoverINCOGNITO:
An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery

by Michael Sidney Fosberg

Imagine discovering you are not the person you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself and society?

Michael Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family outside of Chicago, raised by his biological mother and adoptive father. In his early thirties, his parents divorced, setting off a series of discoveries that shake his foundation, and force him to take a closer look at the person he thought he was. Armed with only a name and a city, he sets out to track down his biological father, stumbling upon him in a miraculous first phone call. During the call Michael learns “a couple of things I’m sure your mother never told you” — first, that his father had not forgotten him and, second, that he is African American.

This life-changing event leads to a remarkable journey of family and self-discovery. In a provocative and gripping tale of identity, race, and family history, Fosberg probes his past, his family’s reaction, and our country’s difficulty in understanding and discussing identity, race, and heritage.

INCOGNITO:
An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery

By Michael Sidney Fosberg
Published by Incognito, Inc.
6110 North Francisco
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 856-3399
Publication Date: 2/15/11
ISBN: 978-0-615-41396-9
Perfect Bound
$20.00
Second printing 2015
342 pages
110 photographs, 35 drawings

Audience:
memoir, race relations, racism, adoption, family, African-Americans, racially mixed people, immigrants