An American Story

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Anchor Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
A profoundly courageous and insightful memoir, An American Story documents the events that have shaped journalist Debra Dickerson's conscience.

The daughter of former sharecroppers, Dickerson never imagined she would emerge from her squalid St. Louis neighborhood to become an acclaimed journalist with a Harvard Law degree. A constant reader and a straight-A student, nevertheless Dickerson's lack of confidence kept her from accepting the many colleges offers she received. Instead she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, quickly rising through the ranks. In spite of her success, she recognized within herself deep-seated conflict at being a working class black woman living in a white man's world. Her path to self-acceptance is at the heart of this refreshing narrative.

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A straightforward yet empty memoir of the modern American Dream, as experienced by an African-American journalist. There are many reasons to write a memoir. Some write to record their experiences as ... Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

A devastatingly honest & revealing self-portrait. I had never heard of Debra Dickerson before running across this book in a local thrift store. And I guess she's not exactly "famous." But considering ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Debra J. Dickerson lives in Washington, D.C.

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