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I'm Down My Life With Black People (Hardcover)

Author:  Mishna Wolff
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0312378556
ISBN-13: 9780312378554
Sku: 209924801
Publish Date: 5/26/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  272
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Traces the authors experiences of growing up with a white father who believed himself to be African-American, describing her struggles with his embodiment of black stereotypes and the ways in which his efforts to indoctrinate his daughter into black culture caused her to be rejected by her black and white peers. *Author: Wolff, Mishna *Publication Date: 2009/05/26 *Number of Pages: 273 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 8.50
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Traces the author's experiences of growing up with a white father who believed himself to be African-American, describing her struggles with his embodiment of black stereotypes and the ways in which his efforts to indoctrinate his daughter into black culture caused her to be rejected by her black and white peers.
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White comedian Mishna Wolff relates her memorable childhood as the daughter of a man who went to great lengths to pretend he was black. In an effort to identify with African-American culture, Mishna's father permed his hair, sported thick gold chains, and dated a steady stream of black women, but his daughter had a more difficult time adapting as a minority in her predominantly black school and neighborhood, where her pathetic attempts at dancing and Double-Dutch single her out for ridicule. Just when Mishna begins to gain some recess renown as a master of "capping" (cracking insults) on her schoolmates, her Buddhist mother enrolls her in a school for gifted children, where she faces a new form of discrimination because of the black behavioral traits she worked so hard to develop. Wolff's memoir is filled with rollicking humor and poignant insight into the tenuous identities we construct from class and race.

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"Wolff depicts [her] bizarre upbringing in a jaunty, jokey style that gives her memoir the leg-pulling aura of a tall tale. It's crisp and entertaining..." - Amanda Heller 07/12/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Press
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