Black, White, and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
Autobiography of a Shifting Self

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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.


 

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Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Black White, & Jewish: Autobiography of the Shifting Self, and Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real and What Makes a Man. She lives in Kahului, Hawaii. Author website: rebeccawalker.com
 
Published January 8, 2002 by Riverhead Trade. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships, History. Non-fiction

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Despite a few missteps (e.g., a poke at Yale for having students read the clichÉd "dead, white European males"), a raw and searing remembrance of negotiating the remaining American fault lines of race and class.

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it’s simply a commodity for purchase: “A crisp, clean pair of brand spanking new Air Jordan sneakers was a supreme status symbol for anyone who wanted to be cool and ‘down with the streets.’ ” Thomas takes the intangible concept of black cool and quite skillfully grounds it between a pair of Nike...

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Beneath her surface cool, the author admits, lay “pure liquid fire threatening to annihilate.” As she shifted from parent to parent, her life became a cross-country odyssey, with uneasy stopovers in Mississippi, San Francisco, Washington, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Larchmont, New York, “like jumpin...

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The daughter of famed African American writer Alice Walker and liberal Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal brings a frank, spare style and detail-rich memories the this compelling contribution to the growing

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After an informed foreword by historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., the various commentaries on the fundamentals and potential of this African-American cultural export domestically and globally are written by such trendsetters as writer Mat Johnson, performing artist Staceyann Chin, critic Dream Hampt...

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Although Walker is likely to be compared to Lisa Jones (the daughter of Amiri Baraka and Jewish writer Hetty Jones), who tackled the myth of tragic mulatto in Bullet Proof Diva (1995), a collection of columns from the Village Voice, Walker's higher profile and narrative treatment of these themes ...

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Rebecca Walker doesn't use her autobiography to write a scandalous tell-all about growing up with her famous mother, writer Alice Walker -- but her divorced parents (her father is Jewish civil-rights attorney Mel Leventhal) don't escape unscathed.

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I know that someone is telling me a story but I am not able to get inside that person's head completely in the way Danticat is able to open her heart and pour out stories that make me understand not only her Haitian childhood but the lives of everybody around her, the details of the sweet and sou...

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