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Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Title

Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

Authors

Rebecca Walker

Publisher

Riverhead Books

Pages

320 pages

Publication Year

2001

ISBN

9781573221696

Genre

autobiography

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Divorce; Biracial; Race discrimination; Biethnic; divorced parents; biracial child; racism; biethnic child; two homes

Annotation

In a memoir about the power of race to share one's personal identity, the daughter of Jewish father and African-American mother recalls her confusing but ultimately rewarding life lived between two conflicting ethnic identities. When Mel Leventhal married Alice Walker during the civil rights movement in the late 1960s, his mother declared him dead and did not reconcile until after the birth of her first grandchild.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Black / White

Awards

Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2001; Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007; Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002; Alex Awards, 2002, Winner

Keywords

Jewish; Civil Rights Movement; identity; sex; multiple cities

Item Type

Nonfiction

Format

full length

Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

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