Black, white, and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self

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Riverhead Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Alice Walker and Mel Leventhal, like many blacks from the South and whites from the North were brought together by the Civil Rights Movement. When they married, Mel's family turned its back on him and the first grandchild, Rebecca. After her parents divorced, Rebecca was bounced between white, Jewish, upper middle class suburbs, and her mother's "artisan" class lifestyle. Being black, white, and Jewish, but none of these things, Rebecca turned, chameleon-like, into whomever she needed to be, whether she was in Mississippi, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, the Haight, Westchester, the Bronx or Yale. Confused, and mostly alone, she turned to sex, drugs, books and a cast of characters who walked the edge. This is the story of a child's unique struggle for identity and home when nothing in her world showed her who she was. Poetic reflections on memory, time, and identity punctuate this gritty exploration of race and sexuality.

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I loved her prose in this. - Goodreads
Rebecca is a charismatic writer. - Goodreads
Walker is very direct and honest in her writing. - Goodreads
Walker's prose is honest, raw, and simply delicious! - Goodreads
Walker's writing is prose and flows like water. - Goodreads
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An interesting auto-biography of a young woman coming to terms with her mixed identity during a period when she was rejected by all of "her" groups for being an "other". Reading about the poor parenting that she had to endure during such a difficult childhood was heart-breaking Read full review

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I am so glad to be done with this book. I do not recommend it. Read full review



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About the author (2001)

Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing and activism. Her memoir, "Black White and Jewish," is an international bestseller and her work has appeared in many anthologies and publications. Walker lectures extensively across the United States and Canada.