Black, White, and Jewish

Black, White, and Jewish

Autobiography of A Shifting Self

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the personal journey of a woman born to a black mother and Jewish father, including her struggle with drugs and complicated friendships, and culminating in her endeavor to find her own identity.

Blackwell North Amer
When Mel Leventhal married Alice Walker during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, his mother declared him dead and sat shiva for him. By the time her parents divorced, when Rebecca was eight, the excitement of the milieu that had brought her parents together and produced a "Movement baby" had died down and the foundation that gave her life meaning dropped out from under her. After their divorce, Rebecca alternated homes every two years, living in Mississippi, Brooklyn, San Francisco, the Bronx, and suburban New York. With each new place came a new identity and desperate attempts to fit in: as white or black, as Puerto Rican or Jewish, as a party girl, a fighter, or a lover. Confused, and mostly alone, Rebecca Walker turned to sex, drugs, books, and complicated alliances. Black, White, and Jewish, her much-anticipated memoir, is the story of a child's unique struggle for identity and home when nothing in her world tells her who she is or where she belongs.

& Taylor

The daughter of a Jewish father and African-American mother recalls her confusing but ultimately rewarding life lived between two conflicting ethnic identities. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9781573221696
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 22 cm.


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