Black Girl Next Door A Memoir

ISBN-10: 1416543287

ISBN-13: 9781416543282

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jennifer Lynn Baszile

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A powerful, beautifully written memoir about coming of age as a black girl in an exclusive white suburb in "integrated," post-Civil Rights California in the 1970s and 1980s.At six years of age, after winning a foot race against a white classmate, Jennifer Baszile was humiliated to hear her classmate explain that black people "have something in their feet to make them run faster than white people." When she asked her teacher about it, it was confirmed as true. The next morning, Jennifer's father accompanied her to school, careful to "assert himself as an informed and concerned parent and not simply a big, black, dangerous man in a first-grade classroom."This was the first of many skirmishes in Jennifer's childhood-long struggle to define herself as "the black girl next door" while living out her parents' dreams. Success for her was being the smartest and achieving the most, with the consequence that much of her girlhood did not seem like her own but more like the "family project." But integration took a toll on everyone in the family when strain in her parents' marriage emerged in her teenage years, and the struggle to be the perfect black family became an unbearable burden.A deeply personal view of a significant period of American social history,The Black Girl Next Doordeftly balances childhood experiences with adult observations, creating an illuminating and poignant look at a unique time in our country's history.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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