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andlt;iandgt;The Sweeter the Juiceandlt;/iandgt; is a provocative memoir that goes to the heart of our American identity. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, in an effort to reconcile the dissonance between her black persona and her undeniably multiracial heritage, started on a journey of discovery that took her over thousands of miles and hundreds of years. While searching for her mother's family, Haizlip confronted the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions between race and skin color. andlt;BRandgt; We are drawn in by the story of an African-American family. Some members chose to "cross over" and "pass" for white while others enjoyed a successful black life. Their stories weave a tale of tangled ancestry, mixed blood, and identity issues from the 17th century to the present. andlt;iandgt;The Sweeter the Juiceandlt;/iandgt; is a memoir, a social history, a biography, and an autobiography. Haizlip gives to us the quintessential American story, unveiling truths about race, about our society, and about the ways in which we all perceive and judge one another.

Synopsis:

Tracing six generations of one family, both those who lived as blacks and those who assimililated into white society, Haizlip's chronicle mirrors the emotional, social, and racial journeys made by countless American families. "A riveting and fascinating account of the limits and limitedness of race".--Audrey Edwards, Essence. Photos.

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Shirlee Taylor Haizlip:andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;iandgt;A Note to Her Readers;andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; "This book started out as a gift in the form of a personal memoir for andlt;BRandgt; my mother's eightieth birthday. Once engaged in the research to helpandlt;BRandgt; reclaim her missing family, there was so much drama, I knew I had a andlt;BRandgt; book. Finding my mother's family with scant clues after seventy-six andlt;BRandgt; years was a major triumph. I have changed my mind about the meaning andlt;BRandgt; of race since completing this book. The concept of race is no longer andlt;BRandgt; a viable entity for me; in fact, I believe the word is both political andlt;BRandgt; and anachronistic.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; "My family has grown by leaps and bounds all over theandlt;BRandgt; country. Folks who call themselves white and those who callandlt;BRandgt; themselves black claim to be related to me. I welcome them all.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; "My mother, Margaret Morris Taylor, has been transformed byandlt;BRandgt; the events in the book. She and her sister have developed aandlt;BRandgt; sweet relationship. She has nieces and nephews who are thrilledandlt;BRandgt; to have a new matriarch on their family tree; but moreandlt;BRandgt; importantly, she can now place herself among its manyandlt;BRandgt; branches."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;br clear=allandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;a href="http://www.simonsays.com/titles/0671899333/RG_0671899333.html"andgt;Reading Group Discussion Pointsandlt;/aandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;a href="http://www.simonsays.com/reading/guides"andgt;Other Books With Reading Group Guidesandlt;/aandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671899332
Author:
Haizlip, Shirlee Taylor
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Hazlip, Shirlee T.
Author:
Haizlip, Shirlee
Location:
New York :
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Washington (D.C.) Biography.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Washington, d. c.
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
v. 10
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP B/W INSERT, BIBLIO
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 13.72 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Tracing six generations of one family, both those who lived as blacks and those who assimililated into white society, Haizlip's chronicle mirrors the emotional, social, and racial journeys made by countless American families. "A riveting and fascinating account of the limits and limitedness of race".--Audrey Edwards, Essence. Photos.
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