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Taming It Down
Hope Robinson grew up poor Memphis. Through her mother's determination, she graduated from a private boarding school on scholarship, followed by a prestigious university. But now, as a 28-year-old reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper, she finds her life spinning out of control. At work, conflicts with editors who insist that she write the white version of African-American ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Warner Books (NY)
(first published 1998)
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I'm not quite sure what to think about this book. I found it really, REALLY interesting through the first half as the reader is introduced to Hope and the intense pressures she faces navigating race, identity, and a career that is often unduly influenced by both. But, then it got sort of soap opera-ish. And the painful and real problems that Hope faces because of her anger felt dramatized rather than emotional like the first part of the book. Personal sidenote for myself is that I didn't like th ...more
This may be one of the worst books I have ever read. If it weren't a book club pick I would have not have read past page one. Given that we will be discussing shortly, I will leave it at that, but for everyone else, I must note that the kindle version of this book (the only version available on amazon) is horribly formatted. The book itself could have benefited from editing (it is written as though this is a first or second draft) but the formatting and errors in the electronic version are horre ...more