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Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

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Publisher Comments:

The Civil Rights movement brought author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal together, and in 1969 their daughter, Rebecca, was born. Some saw this unusual copper-colored girl as an outrage or an oddity; others viewed her as a symbol of harmony, a triumph of love over hate. But after her parents divorced, leaving her a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds that only seemed to grow further apart, Rebecca was no longer sure what she represented. In this book, Rebecca Leventhal Walker attempts to define herself as a soul instead of a symbol — and offers a new look at the challenge of personal identity, in a story at once strikingly unique and truly universal.

Review:

"[A]n intelligent, passionate memoir about growing up biracial and bicultural." Andrea Renee Goode, SF Weekly (San Franciso)

Review:

"Powerful — deeply affecting." Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia

Review:

"A beautifully written meditation on the creation of a woman's sense of self." Jane Lazarre, author of Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness

Review:

"Walker [writes with] elegant, discreet candor...will attract a wealth of well-deserved praise." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"[Walker] offers painful childhood memories of straddling two vastly different cultures — black bohemia and Jewish suburbia — to fashion a cautionary tale about the power of race in shaping identity...[a] highly readable debut." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Walker masterfully illuminates differences between black and white America....A heartbreaking tale of self-creation." People

Synopsis:

Hailed as "compelling" by The Washington Post and "stunningly honest" by The San Francisco Chronicle, this memoir has hit bestseller lists and earned critical praise from coast to coast. Rebecca Walker was born in 1969 to author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal, who met and married in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. But after their divorce, Rebecca was a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds — and trying to figure out where she fit in.

About the Author

Rebecca Walker has written for or been featured in stories in The New York Times, The Chicago Times, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Esquire, and U.S. News & World Report, and has appeared on CNN, MTV, and Charlie Rose, among others. She is the founder of Third Wave Direct Action Foundation, a national nonprofit organization devoted to cultivating young women's leadership and activism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573229074
Subtitle:
Autobiography of a Shifting Self
Author:
Walker, Rebecca
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
Daughters
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Racially mixed people -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1515
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.96x5.12x.83 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573229074 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A]n intelligent, passionate memoir about growing up biracial and bicultural."
"Review" by , "Powerful — deeply affecting."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written meditation on the creation of a woman's sense of self."
"Review" by , "Walker [writes with] elegant, discreet candor...will attract a wealth of well-deserved praise."
"Review" by , "[Walker] offers painful childhood memories of straddling two vastly different cultures — black bohemia and Jewish suburbia — to fashion a cautionary tale about the power of race in shaping identity...[a] highly readable debut."
"Review" by , "Walker masterfully illuminates differences between black and white America....A heartbreaking tale of self-creation."
"Synopsis" by , Hailed as "compelling" by The Washington Post and "stunningly honest" by The San Francisco Chronicle, this memoir has hit bestseller lists and earned critical praise from coast to coast. Rebecca Walker was born in 1969 to author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal, who met and married in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. But after their divorce, Rebecca was a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds — and trying to figure out where she fit in.
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