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Im Down by Mishna Wolff 0312379099 9780312379094
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Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. ldquo;He strutted around with a short perm, a Cosby-esqe sweater, gold chains and a Kangol?telling jokes like Redd Fox, and giving advice like Jesse Jackson. You couldnrsquo;t tell my father he was white. Believe me, I tried,rdquo; writes Wolff. And so from early childhood on, her father began his crusade to make his white daughter down .Unfortunately, Mishna didnrsquo;t quite fit in with the neighborhood kids: she couldnrsquo;t dance, she couldnrsquo;t sing, she couldnrsquo;t double Dutch and she was the worst player on her all-black basketball team. She was shy, uncool, and painfully white. And yet when she was suddenly sent to a rich white school, she found she was too ldquo;blackrdquo; to fit in with her white classmates.Irsquo;m Down is a hip, hysterical and at the same time beautiful memoir that will have you howling with laughter, recommending it to friends and questioning what it means to be black and white in America.ldquo;This buoyant memoir is rich in detail but never feels over embellished?? Irsquo;m Down certainly has serious thoughts on its mind (Wolff actually grew up quite poor and hungry), but the tone manages to be light and triumphant because of the hilarious child-goggles Wolff wears while spinning her tales. Rating: Ardquo; -- Entertainment Weeklyldquo;A friend gave me a copy of the book Irsquo;m Down by Mishna Wolff. I laughed out loud from the first page on??A keenly perceptive, hilarious exploration of identity.rdquo; --Jennifer Beals, Time Magazineldquo;An authentically funny, truly transcendent work that makes other, sorry-voiced memoirs by a certain more privileged class of writer pale?pun intended?by comparison??Wolffrsquo;s focus, and the sweet soul of this terrific book, was on being accepted by her streetwise, wiseass dad, whom she knew loved her?and whom she loved?unequivocally.? Elle Magazineldquo;As she tells you at the outset of Irsquo;m Down, Mishna Wolff is all white?nothing remarkable, except that her way cool father, lsquo;Wolfy,rsquo; thinks hersquo;s black (hersquo;s not). What follows is a funny-melancholy coming of age memoir [in which] Mishna searches for identity in her broken home, her snobby, mostly white prep school, and?most restrictive of all?her longing heart.rdquo; ?O Magazineldquo;Deftly and hilariously delineates the American drama of race and class for one little girl.rdquo; -- Kirkus Reviewsldquo;Laugh-out-loud funny. And not lsquo;LOLrsquo; like a text message, which often isnrsquo;t literally accurate. The book is excellent entertainment, and can easily be finished in one weekrsquo;s worth of bus rides to work or two very long baths. It begs to be loaned to your friends.rdquo; ? The Seattle Times.ldquo;Laced with outrageous anecdotes, Wolff makes keen observations about prevalent racial stereotypes in American culture??[and] brings a fresh perspective to race relationsrdquo; ? The Daily Beast (Recommended Read)ldquo;Wolff is a natural storyteller and very funny, which makes reading about some of the more upsetting events palatable. And instead of collapsing into stereotypes, Wolff portrays the characters in her life as fully dimensional people, who, in their wildly different ways, were doing their best to fit in.rdquo; ? Bustldquo;By turns funny and unsettling in its frank observations about race.rdquo; ? Good Housekeepingldquo;Both hilarious and heart-wrenching.rdquo; ? Ladies Home Journalldquo;Wolff transforms her sitcom-ready upbringing into a tightly focused, perceptive, and very funny memoir. She address race in the process, of course, but at its core

Author: Mishna Wolff

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Publication Date: 2010-06-08

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ISBN: 0312379099

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