Though she appears incredibly reserved in both her writing style and content, this somehow feels natural since her public persona is also reserved. The paradox in her life is pretty remarkable. Her parents are republican since they are the only folks willing to allow them to register to vote. Despite her parent’s political conservatism, Stokely Carmichael becomes a frequent visitor and family friend after accepting to her father’s invitation to speak at the college where he served. I was also glad she stayed away from politics for the most part. I think that might have negated her focus on her parents. Lastly, Ms. Rice includes a chronology beginning with Abe Lincoln that merges historical events with significant events of the Rice family. This makes even more apparent the significance of the Ms. Rice’s success.