I'm Down

I'm Down

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Traces the author's experiences of growing up with a white father who believed himself to be African American, describing how his efforts to indoctrinate his daughter into black culture caused her to be rejected by her black and white peers.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor, p2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400112784
Branch Call Number: CDBK792.7 W832i
Characteristics: 7 compact discs : 8 hours, 30 mins
Alternative Title: I am down

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ewailoo
Mar 26, 2013

Although Mishna Wolff writes about some challenges she faced, she manages to tell everything with a great sense of humor. I really enjoyed this book because Wolff's descriptions of her interactions between different people of different races help understand what it was like to be in her situation.

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TumTumMcPuff
Jul 24, 2012

A coming-of-age memoir from a unique perspective that is hindered by a lack of commentary. Wolff is most effective when employing a certain ironic tone, but often falls flat with repetitive "and then this happened, and then this happened" chronology that seems to be going somewhere but then is promptly dropped. It's also as though she takes for granted that we find her parents as charming/challenging as she does now as an adult. However, she does little to make the reader see that other than sporadic interjections that her parents view her as anything other than a free babysitter or a hassle.

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floy
Jul 04, 2011

This coming-of-age story is interesting but, to be honest, I didn't feel the excitement other readers have written about. The situation was somewhat unique (growing up white in a mostly black neighborhood in Seattle) but sometimes the details about incidental matters were tedious to me.
I would've liked the author to add more content that would place her experiences in context (such as stats on Seattle's diversity vs her neighborhood's diversity, the public schools diversity vs the local private schools etc.) Many non-Seattleites laugh out loud at what we might call our inner-city and say we have no idea what a ghetto is really like.
I'm really curious how the author's family feels about her memoir. The risk of hurting the family is a dilemma for all who write memoirs.

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Exactly
Aug 07, 2010

A really funny look at growing up in Seattle's Ranier Valley.

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