Black White Other Biracial Americans by Lise Funderburg

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In this updated 20th anniversary edition of the landmark book, "Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity," journalist Lise Funderburg explores the lives of 46 adult children of black/white unions. The author's thoughtful essays frame first-person narratives on such topics as Family, Prejudice, Love and Romance, Work, Religion, Identity Politics, Citizenship, and Community. These voices of unflinching honesty, whipsmart humor, extraordinary insight and deep feeling comprise a stunning — and enduring — portrait of race in America.

This anniversary edition retains the original material from the 1994 edition— from a time that seems not so long ago, but was before Barack Obama had stepped onto the national stage; before the U.S. Census implemented its "Check All That Apply" option; and during a period in which national discussions of race centered on Rodney King, O.J. Simpson, and the U.S. Government's official apology to those Japanese-Americans imprisoned during World War II.

This eBook edition includes enhanced photos of its 46 interview subjects, a new foreword by novelist Mat Johnson (Pym, Hunting in Harlem, Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery), and links to updated commentary from the book's original participants.

Here's what reviewers say about Black, White, Other:

“[Black, White, Other] is an example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity.” – Kyoko Mori, The New York Times

“No book is more likely to force a reader to confront his beliefs about race than this one.” – The Buffalo News

“Funderburg lets her subjects ask–and answer–the controversial, touchy questions that many wonder but few dare to pose.” – Indianapolis Star
 

About Lise Funderburg

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Lise Funderburg is the author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. She has been a regular contributor since 2001 to O, the Oprah Magazine and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Salon, and Newsday. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Reed College, Funderburg lives in Philadelphia, PA.
 
Published October 4, 2013 by Lise Funderburg. 382 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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A wide range of adult children of black/white unions, from late teens to adults in their late 40s, candidly discuss what it is like to grow up in our racially polarized society.

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In a sensitive exploration of the pressures and prejudices confronting biracial individuals, Funderburg, a New York-based freelance journalist, presents in-depth interviews with 46 American adults who have one black and one white parent.

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