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Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2-new-hampshire, adult, mc-isnt-white, memoir, page-turner, race, non-fiction, social-justice

Rebecca Carroll is a very impressive writer and I found her memoir difficult to put down. As a white person from rural New Hampshire, the complete lack of diversity and the perpetual casual racism became very visible to me once I had moved to more urban areas and began to learn about race. Carroll, the only Black person in her town, didn't have that luxury. She's raised by two white adoptive parents and in late childhood meets her white birth mother; she doesn't meet her Black father until well into adulthood. Her familial relationships are charged and her journey to form her identity is long and eventful. Overall, I found this incredibly powerful and compelling; my only complaint is that it feels a bit jumbled in certain areas and the timeline isn't always clear. I think this is a really important read, particularly for those from primarily white areas and/or parents who have or plan to adopt a child of another race.
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Reading Progress

January 29, 2021 – Shelved
January 29, 2021 – Shelved as: to-read
March 13, 2021 – Started Reading
March 13, 2021 –
page 123
March 27, 2021 –
page 211
April 4, 2021 –
page 253
April 5, 2021 – Finished Reading
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: 2-new-hampshire
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: adult
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: mc-isnt-white
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: memoir
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: page-turner
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: race
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: non-fiction
April 6, 2021 – Shelved as: social-justice

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