Trespassing: My Sojourn in the Halls of Privilege

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 13, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Parker's compelling memoir offers a revealing glimpse inside corporate America through the eyes of a black woman "intruder." From a nurturing childhood in a middle-class black community, Parker rose in the ranks on Wall Street only to discover that racism and sexism still prevail at the top. Full of both outrage and regret, Trespassing is frank and unflinching but leavened with humor and compassion. "An important, keenly observed work that should be read by everyone who is interested in a good story, as well as by those intrigued by the gripping personal drama that comes from extending token access to a few black professionals and calling that phenomenon -- integration" (Lani Guinier).

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Parker candidly addresses issues of race, gender and the true meaning of privilege for herself and for society at large. By objective accounts, Parker (These Same Long Bones, 1994) was a success ... Read full review

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In this moving memoir, novelist Parker (These Same Long Bones) recounts the middle-class upbringing that led her ultimately to Radcliffe, a white-shoe law firm, and corporate America--a two-decade ... Read full review


Prologue Ghostly Remains
1 Cloistered in a Colored World
2 Northern Exposure
3 Bitsy Muffy and Me
4 Climbing the Ivy
5 The Letter of the Law
6 Uppity Buppie
Epilogue A Black Homecoming
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About the author (1999)

Gwendolyn M. Parker is the author of the novel These Same Long Bones. She left her career as an international tax attorney and marketing manager on Wall Street in order to write. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Connecticut.

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