The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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The Black Notebooks is one of the most extraordinary and courageous accounts of race in this country, seen through the eyes of a light-skinned black woman and a respected American poet. It challenges all our preconceived notions of what it means to be black or white, and what it means to be human.

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A black woman whose light skin has allowed her to pass for white, poet/ professor Derricotte speaks of her tormented struggles with her racial identity. (LJ 10/1/97) Read full review

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The Black Notebooks is one of the most intrigued books that I have had the pleasure of being introduced to when Mrs. Derricotte, came to appear at the Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus on the North Side of Downtown Pittsburgh, PA. I will most indefinitely, write more poems as well as seeing what other poetic writers I can become familiar with. Thank You, Mrs. Derricotte!!! I really enjoyed your teaching.
-Davine Morris
Criminal Justice major
March 9, 2016


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About the author (1999)

Toi Derricotte is the author of four collections of poetry. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.

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