The genealogy of Yo-Yo (and others): a review.

My review of the new Henry Louis Gates book, FACES OF AMERICA, appears in today's Boston Globe. FACES includes genealogical sketches of a range of American celebrities, from Mike Nichols to Kristi Yamaguchi to Yo-Yo Ma.

Yo-Yo's chapter includes a particularly nice quote handed down in the Ma family: “It takes the wealth of three generations to make a musician — the first to work the fields, the second to go to school, and the third to master an instrument.” In Yo-Yo's case, this was prophetic - if you add a few dozen generations.

Bottom line? Thumbs up.