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Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide

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Good, bad, ugly and illuminating—everyone has an opinion on race. As Biracial people continue trending, the discussion is no longer about a singular topic, but is more like playing a game of multi-level chess. And the co-authors of this anthology, like many, have a lot to say on this subject.

So much so they decided to write a book about what it means to be Biracial or mul
Paperback, 1st edition, 210 pages
Published September 7th 2015 by Coquí Press (first published September 6th 2015)
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Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so important because it shows how being biracial is not being half of anything, it is an own complex identity and only you decide on how much of your mixed races define you. I am biracial myself, German and Mauritian (white, black, Indian) and I could relate to a lot of these stories. To the identity crisis one has to face as a mixed child, to racism and discrimination from both parts of your family and society, but it also highlights some positive aspects, like speaking mutlitple l ...more
Debra Kingsbury
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being Biracial is a book that will make people think. It will also pave the way for important and enlightening conversations that might not otherwise take place.

I must admit, the concept of a whole person being half one thing and half another, or one part this to two parts that, has never been part of my thought process, be it a matter of race, religion or nationality. Rather, I’ve always thought of people more as a blend of all those who’ve gone before – parents, grandparents, etc. – along with
Tom Conyers
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being Biracial brings together accounts from across the globe of people either of mixed race heritage or in mixed race relationships, and sometimes a combination of both.

The anthology’s editors, Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland, also contribute their own personal accounts. Their responses highlight the wide range of experiences that define being biracial.

Ratliff (of African American, German, Dutch, Irish and Japanese descent, married to an African American) devotes a long and considered piece
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating anthology representing some of the myriad of experiences of people born into more than one racial identity, or raising children who are biracial. What becomes apparent is the difference between the identity one holds of oneself and that which is imposed by external society. I have white privilege (3/4 white English, 1/4 white Scottish) and will never experience the racism and disconnect that those in this book experience. The generosity of each writer in giving of their tim ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. As someone who is biracial, I loved how it was able to capture what I agree with AND what I don't. It's simplicity of just letting the various authors tell their personal story shows that those of us who are of multiple racial/ethnic backgrounds can be similar...but so different at the same time.

I have a tendency to read books while traveling or during those long weekend commutes -- but I found myself picking it up while having lunch at work or even while having some quiet
Sarah Ratliff
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As one of the co-authors of this book, I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it. But honestly what I love about it isn't just what I wrote. The essays written by people from around the world remind me how complex race is and also how honored I was to have worked with such a diverse group of people. ...more
Tuscany Bernier
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely loved this book. It was an anthology of essays based around bi-racial experiences from all over the world with all types of people. It was very healing to read stories of people who had similar experiences as I have in life and it made me feel considerably less lonely in my feelings towards my own identity. For some people, they identified with one race over the other or identified with all aspects of their identity. Some didn't strongly identify with any part of their race and inste ...more
Leslie I
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intimate, important, intensely beautiful.

This is a collection of personal truths and journies. The reader is given an intricate landscape of our remarkably mixed world, honest voices divulging the arduous and facile experiences of coming from and being racially mixed/racially diverse.
I highly recommend this book. It is beautifully shared and written.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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For editors/authors Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland, the topic of mixed race identity is very personal: Ratliff has a complex multiracial identity and Sutherland is raising a biracial family. Together, the two have midwifed a godsend in Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide, a collection of essays written by people who have a personal connection to the mixed race experience: either they are of mixed race heritage themselves, are in a mixed race relationship, or are raising children ...more
Cara Meredith
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
You can’t argue with a person’s story ...and understanding the story of someone who is bi-racial or mixed race is crucial in today’s day and age. Book draws from a number of different writers, some polished, some not.
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Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay. I liked the concept of the book and found some stories more interesting than others in terms of relatability and/or stimulation.

3.5 stars.
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really great collection of essays about what being biracial/multiracial means for different people.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I did not find a resonance with every essay included in this book, but found interesting takeaways from many of them, as I try to navigate parenting children of mixed race.

I was most struck by the lack of positive experiences until a few essays near the end of the anthology.

A good read for anyone interested in learning more about the lives of those growing up in mixed households.
Kristen Chandler
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before I even read the first page, I had already started thinking. How many people do I actually know that are mixed race, or are parents to a mixed race child? The answer to that is: several. I have friends that are either mixed race or have mixed race children. My kids are friends with kids that are mixed race. I have a cousin whose mom is white, and her dad is black. Furthermore, she is married to a Hispanic man and has two children with him, so her kids are Hispanic, Black and White. But wha ...more
Maja Dezulovic
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It took me a couple of days to read the entire book. I found it difficult to put down. It was enriching to read other people’s stories, as well as enlightening to know that there are people who go through similar experiences resulting from very different environments.

I’m giving this book five stars. That’s not because I took part in it, nor only because the essays are well written (which in itself is deserving of the rating), but also because of the significance of this publication. This book ha
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautiful mix of essays written by biracial and multiracial people, as well as parents of biracial / multiracial children. What sets this book apart from the very few others in the same category is that these essays are written by people from all over the world. In addition to this large scope, the writers are both young and old and have such differing experiences that what you get is a true kaleidoscope of reality, wisdom and words. Even if you aren't mixed race yourself or in an ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very first essay, written by Sarah Ratliff, made my jaw drop and my eyes pop. Oh yeah, and I cried. Sarah calmly and matter-of-factly recounts her experiences being biracial, but to me (I'm white as white can be and people only get a smidge curious about my ethnic background when seeing my last name, right up until I say "It's German ...") it was like being hit by a sack of bricks.

I firmly believe that understanding the experiences of others can help us become better people. And in that sens
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
not all of the stories are written equally well, and the fact that the stories have been gathered from a very diverse group of people from around the globe made the book feel less cohesive to me. That said, I appreciated hearing first hand from the different authors about their experiences, and it was a quick and easy read.
Pamela Rogers
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone can learn something important from this excellent book. Racism cannot be tolerated. We are all of the same human race. Highly recommended! Brava to Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland (and Bryony also was my esteemed editor for Greekscapes!) for this enlightening book.
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Sarah Ratliff is a corporate refugee turned eco-organic farmer, writer, activist, serial entrepreneur and published book author. Along with 10-time published author, Bryony Sutherland, she is the co-author of the book Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide—an anthology of essays written by multiracial people or parents of multiracial kids from around the world. It is available on Amazon, ...more

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