June 8, 2010
June 8, 2010
White comedian Mishna Wolff relates her memorable childhood as the daughter of a man who went to great lengths to pretend he was black. In an effort to identify with African-American culture, Mishna's father permed his hair, sported thick gold chains, and dated a steady stream of black women, but his daughter had a more difficult time adapting as a minority in her predominantly black school and neighborhood, where her pathetic attempts at dancing and Double-Dutch single her out for ridicule. Just when Mishna begins to gain some recess renown as a master of "capping" (cracking insults) on her schoolmates, her Buddhist mother enrolls her in a school for gifted children, where she faces a new form of discrimination because of the black behavioral traits she worked so hard to develop. Wolff's memoir is filled with rollicking humor and poignant insight into the tenuous identities we construct from class and race.
- Genre: Humor, Family + Relationships, Biography + Autobiography
- Subgenre: Family Relationships, Topic / Family, Women
- Language: English
- Author: Mishna Wolff
- Online Item #: 12148417
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-9720
- ISBN: 9780312379094
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported