The Skin Between Us

The Skin Between Us

A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging

eBook - 2006
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"A memoir of astonishing delicacy and strength about race and physical beauty. Kym Ragusa's stunningly beautiful, brilliant black mother constantly turned heads as she strolled the streets of West Harlem. Ragusa's working-class white father, who grew up only a few streets (and an entire world) away in Italian East Harlem, had never seen anyone like her. At home their families despaired at the match, while in the streets the couple faced taunting threats from a city still racially divided—but they were mesmerized by the differences between them. From their volatile, short-lived pairing came a sensitive child with a filmmaker's observant eye. Her two powerful grandmothers gave her the love and stability to grow into her own skin. Eventually, their shared care for their granddaughter forced them to overcome their prejudices. Rent parties and religious feste, baked yams and baked ziti—Ragusa's sensuous memories are a reader's delight, as they bring to life the joy, pain, and inexhaustible richness of a racially and culturally mixed heritage." --Publisher's Website
Topical Term: Racially mixed people
Grandmothers
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
African Americans
Italian Americans
Autobiography
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Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : W. W. Norton & Company, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393609554
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
F128.9.A1 R345 2006
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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educate41 May 09, 2013

There are no stereotypes or the so-called "Tragic Mulatto" in this book. It blows away all those misconceptions.

All I can say is read the book.

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