One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
I got kinda mad when she said her brother was showing his "blackness" by playing blues on the harmonica. She has a pretty rigid idea of stereotypes.
My mom read the whole book, and I asked her if Bliss had any huge revelation at the end. My mo...more
A decade ago in Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man, noted black scholar Henry Louis Gates wrote an unflattering portrait of Anatole Broyard and his "passing." Critic Art Winslow suggests that Bliss Broyard's memoir may be "intended as a rejoinder to Gates." Author of the short story collection My Father, Dancing (2000; New York Times Notable Book), Broyard offers a passionate, lively narrative packed with hundreds of interviews with family members (both black and white), friends, lovers, an...more
First I know nothing about her father and quite frankly I do not care, since I see no influence this guy had on my life and despite what many say for me it is impossible to see this man as black in any way. Unlike his daughter as it seems.
Now the book was not written badly or anything, it was easy to read,...more
I have been meaning to read this book for years, but now that I have, I cannot recommend it. As ot...more
This book desperately needed an editor with heavy pruning shears. There's an important story buried underneath her embarrassing reminiscences, but she is not the one to tell it.
The book opens talking about her childhood in an upscale area of CT. The level of snobbery and shelteredness in which she was raised becomes almost painful to read.
She then launches into long chapters detailing her ancestors' histories as seen through black history of the time. This can get a bit tedious but when the book wraps back around to her father's individual reaction to and rejection of his blac...more
This book was a good follow up to the history and historical fiction books I read about women who lived in St Augustine this summer, adding more depth and perspective to the sociology of race. I found Bliss not always insightful. Her father in the e...more
I found the book to be meandering, but well-written. It might have been better as two separate books since the author kept moving between two stories--the story behind her family...more
The book covers her search and what she learns....more