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Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
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Dec 27, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: autobio-memoir, feminist-y-books, radical-non-fiction, read-in-2007
Recommended for: mixed race kids, teenagers, parents of mixed race kids, people who like good memoirs
Read in April, 2007 , read count: once

rebecca walker is the only child of a white jewish father (a prestigious civil rights lawyer, though damned if i can remember his name) & a black mother (author alice walker, who wrote the color purple, possessing the secret of joy), etc. this is her memoir of growing up mixed race & trying to navigate the two different cultural worlds she inherited upon her parents' divorce. i don't know what to say about this book besides, "it was really, really good & you should read it." i mean, it was a really compelling memoir. i really liked rebecca as a narrator. the stories she told were varied (from the responsibility she felt to look out for her mom after the divorce to the typical teenage experimentations with drugs & sex) & interesting across the board. beyond the fact of trying to address the complications of being mixed race & having to interface with her mother's black family & her father's white jewish family & feeling like she never quite fit in anywhere, there was the added stress of having famous parents--especially parents that are famous in two different specific spheres, each of them pulling rebecca in certain ways to follow in their footsteps & embrace their value systems. i raced through this book & wanted more when i was done reading. i picked it up because it looked mildly intriguing, & it wound up being so much better than i expected. i'm so glad i found this book! now you go find it too.
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clit rocket i want to read it. thanks for the review.

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