Skin Between Us A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging

ISBN-10: 0393058905
ISBN-13: 9780393058901
Edition: 2006
Authors: Kym Ragusa
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Description: A memoir of astonishing delicacy and strength about race and physical beauty. Kym Ragusa's stunningly beautiful, brilliant black mother constantly turned heads as she strolled the streets of West Harlem. Ragusa's working-class white father, who  More...

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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A memoir of astonishing delicacy and strength about race and physical beauty. Kym Ragusa's stunningly beautiful, brilliant black mother constantly turned heads as she strolled the streets of West Harlem. Ragusa's working-class white father, who grew up only a few streets (and an entire world) away in Italian East Harlem, had never seen anyone like her. At home their families despaired at the match, while in the streets the couple faced taunting threats from a city still racially dividedbut they were mesmerized by the differences between them. From their volatile, short-lived pairing came a sensitive child with a filmmaker's observant eye. Her two powerful grandmothers gave her the love and stability to grow into her own skin. Eventually, their shared care for their granddaughter forced them to overcome their prejudices. Rent parties and religious feste, baked yams and baked zitiRagusa's sensuous memories are a reader's delight, as they bring to life the joy, pain, and inexhaustible richness of a racially and culturally mixed heritage.

Kym Ragusa is a writer and documentary filmmaker. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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