A book written by President Obama's mother is set to be published in November by Duke University Press, the school announced Monday. "Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia," Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham's 1992 anthropology dissertation for the University of Hawaii, is the product of 14 years of research on the metalworking industry in a Javanese village.
Dunham died in 1995. Her book, edited by Alice G. Dewey, Dunham's graduate adviser, and Nancy I. Cooper, a fellow graduate student, will be available in November.
Dunham's daughter and President Obama's half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who wrote the book's foreword, said in a statement she was "delighted that our mother's book is being published, and I am grateful to Duke University for making this dream of hers come true. My hope is that this book will be read by those who come to love the particularities of its world and who also see the myriad potential application of its ideas and methods to other worlds."