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Grey Girl: A Memoir of Blackness
by N. Larry
It took a move to the South and a culture shock from hell for me to realize I was black. Up until that point I had just been darker and my hair was a bit more unruly. Until my move to Alabama, I lived on the assumption that skin color was enough to make you black. Little did I know that itas actually a huge responsibility. Along with skin color, I had to listen to certain ...more
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I'm confused by this book, the copyright date is 2007, and it is only just now going out as First-Reads? Plus, it's not stamped anywhere that it is an ARC or anything of the like, but the typos are ridiculous and, no, they're not slang, they're just errors. I found them very distracting. At the beginning, I liked where Larry was going with the narrative, but it never quite made it there; for a memoir covering so many years of her life, this is a very short book, none of the promised depth was po ...more
I got this book through Goodreads First Reads. I chose to enter for it because I'm very interested in different perspectives on race and racism. This book was interesting and started out very strong. As it went on I got a little confused by the rapid introduction of different characters every chapter and I felt the obsession with getting high was honest but didn't do much for the book. Grey Girl tried frequently to be very deep, which it mostly succeeded at but sometimes didn't quite make it. Ov ...more
I'm glad I read this book. It gave me perspective as a white mother of a black teenage son. At our house, we don't see color, we see who we are and what our charachter is. As a result, I don't think about what it was like for him to go to high school. In high school, there were many different races represented, but he was not ever in with the black crowd.....I think because he didn't listen to rap music, he's more in the rock music genre, also because he enjoyed reading as opposed to not getting ...more