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The Black Notebooks An Interior Journey (Paperback)

Author:  Toi Derricotte
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393319016
ISBN-13: 9780393319019
Sku: 30505706
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  205
Age Range:  NA
 
I'm sure most people don't go around all the time thinking about what race they are. (from the first line)
An extraordinary and courageous account of race--as seen through the eyes of a light-skinned black woman and a respected American poet.
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Seen through the eyes of a light skinned black woman and a respected American poet, this is one of the most extraordinary and courageous accounts of race in this country.|THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS challenges all our preconceived notions of what it means to be black or white, and what it means to be human.The Black Notebooks is one of the most extraordinary and courageous accounts of race in this country, seen through the eyes of a light-skinned black woman and a respected American poet. It challenges all our preconceived notions of what it means to be black or white, and what it means to be human.
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These journals were kept by African-American poet Toi Derricotte, who can "pass" for white, when she lived in an affluent white suburb of New York with her much darker-skinned husband. Derricotte became deeply depressed by this experience, and wrote about it in order to survive it. Nominated for the 1998 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir.

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"A very strong first prose offering on an always provocative subject." 09/01/1997

New York Times Book Review
"Time and again, in variegated settings, Derricotte brings to life the 'dread and revulsion' accompanying forced confrontations with her blackness and with the shame of her denials. These feelings separate her, obviously, from most blacks and most whites, but they're nevertheless illuminating. By their light one sees freshly into whiteness--comprehends it as a privilege utterly and ruinously unacquainted with self." - Benjamin Demott 11/02/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0205
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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