Unfortunately, Mishna didn't quite fit in with the neighborhood kids: she couldn't dance, she couldn't sing, she couldn't double dutch, and she was the worst player on her all-black basketball team. She was shy, uncool, and painfully white. And yet when she was suddenly sent to a rich white school, she found she was too "black" to fit in with her white classmates.
I'm Down is a hip, hysterical, and at the same time beautiful memoir that will have you howling with laughter, recommending it to friends and questioning what it means to be black and white in America.
©2009 Mishna Wolff; (P)2009 Tantor
"Down certainly has serious thoughts on its mind...but the tone manages to be light and triumphant because of the hilarious child-goggles Wolff wears while spinning her tales." (Entertainment Weekly)
i found the character development was slow but overall, the book was very honest and humorous. The author has a great way of being candid throughout the book. She narrated it as well which I found refreshing...each character's personality and depiction was exactly as she wanted it.
Why did the publishers let the author read her own book??? I have never listened to a more bored sounding narrator--and it's her own life that she sounds bored recounting! The stories in the first hour would not be interesting on paper, let alone coming from a monotone narrator.
In light of the whole Rachel Dolezal debacle, someone suggested I listen to this book. I laughed a lot but for much of the book I was very, very angry. Some people should never ever EVER BE ALLOWED THE PRIVILEGE OF RAISING KIDS. I vacillated to wanting to pumps lap her birth patents and her stepmother. So very damaged and what she went through is heartbreaking. Glad she seemed to make it out and at least get a New York Times Best Seller out of it.
Not having read the print version, I can't say.
Maybe the Glass Castle?
The book is composed of lots of short scenes. Any scene with her father in it was tense and interesting.
The whole book was moving. It is funny at times and at times gut wrenching. Some of the one liners are very amusing.
The power of this book is it's honesty.
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