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Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D. is an award-winning NPR commentator, columnist, and the author of four books. Black, White, Other, a 2011 Young Adult novel, was her first fiction. Her latest novel, Mama's Child, will be released May 7. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Mam...


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Black, White, Other: In Sea...
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Mama's Child: A Novel
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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, Webucator Bob Clary asked me for an online interview. As a committed novelist, I was happy to oblige.

Q: What were your goals when you started writing?

I wanted to contribute to a national conversationespecially about race and gender equity. As a white woman whod been married to an African American man and as the mother of biracial children, I had a pers... Read more of this blog post »
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"Calmly, with little rhetoric and lots of data, Michelle Alexander builds a convincing case that mass incarceration, the latest manifestation of US racism, is more devastating to the African American community than either slavery or Jim Crow. Her w..." Read more of this review »
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" I'm the author of this new novel, Mama's Child (Simon and Schuster, May, 2013) about a white mother/biracial daughter conflict and their long journey ...more "
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I am amazed at how captivating this mother-daughter story was. Steinau Lester writes so convincingly for both sides of the story - from mother Liz's love, dev..." Read more of this review »
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“Funny how an absence can feel like a presence, like that space practically glows with her outline and make me notice how she's not here.”
Joan Steinau Lester, Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong

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