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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THE BLACK NOTEBOOKS: An Interior Journey

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Poet Derricotte offers this portrait of a black woman's frustrating experience with racial prejudice from both outside and within her own people, and her own ambivalence about the color of her skin ... Read full review

The black notebooks: an interior journey

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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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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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