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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
404
Utgivningsdatum
2015-04-12
Förlag
Bennett Global Entertainment
Illustrationer
Illustrations, black and white
Dimensioner
203 x 133 x 23 mm
Antal komponenter
1
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434:B&W 5.25 x 8 in or 203 x 133mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam
ISBN
9780986416200
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My Journey As America's Whitest Black Kid

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This critically acclaimed memoir chronicles the greatest social engineering experiment in American history. At the time, none of its participants were remotely aware of their status as lab rats. They were kids living behind walls, often ringed with barbed wire---ubiquitous signs warning of entry to government property that subjected them to rules and regulations unheard of in the general population. Military brats are a special subculture in America that one could easily argue is its own ethnicity. The author's experience inside the military bubble led to periods of intense confusion as to his own racial identity, alienation within the black community, and unease among white classmates---all compounded by parents who never had "the talk." His survival depended on gut instinct and observations he was forced to put into context without guidance.
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"michael gordon bennett's non-fiction memoir reads as fluidly as good fiction does. i marveled at his descriptions of the church services he attended and closed my eyes at one point, picturing in my mind the joyous service he described...this is a grand tapestry of a tale, a triumphant story of a young man's dedication and hard work set amongst the backdrop of racial injustice that presists in this country to this day. this coming of age story is remarkable; bennett's stories about mentors who helped him along his way and the triumphs of the group he was, albeit briefly, a part of, are memories i won't be forgeting anytime soon." --- Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite

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"bennett writes boldy of his intense confusion in his racial identity, alienation within his black community and unease with his white classmates in every new location. 'was i a white kid in black skin, or a black kid with white sensibilities?' bennett writes, "or did any of it matter?' when his battle fatigued father returns from vietnam with an alchholism problem, the family tries to adjust to his erratic behavior, his conduct pushing each member to an emotional breaking point, but they never succumb to his failings. mastering self-doubt, cultural inertia, and parental miscuse, bennett asserts in his quiet, unforgettable way that presistence and courage will always pay off." --- Publishers Weekly (Book Life)



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prologue - it is arguably the greatest social experiment in american history. at the time, none of us participants were remotely aware of our status as lab rats, nor did we have the presence of mind or intelligence to care. we were a naive bunch of kids, forced to come of age in a subculture the outside world, even to this day, knows little about...in a country so racially polarized, it's difficult to walk around without an identity, yet that's exactly how i lived. that ignorance, my ignorance, took me from a life of moderate privilege as a child, to homelessness by my late teens, all because i couldn't come to grips with an identity i was never taught to embrace. america foisted a character upon me that i didn't know how to play.

act 1

chapter 1 - let the good times roll

chapter 2 - it's freezing up here

chapter 3 - going home

act 2

chapter 4 - the unknown family

chapter 5 - welcome to dixie

chapter 6 - lost soul

chapter 7 - the revelation

chapter 8 - a lost love one

chapter 9 - one of life's cruel lessons

chapter 10 - the infamous out

chapter 11- contradictions

chapter 12 - the ugly stage

chapter 13 - it's a new day

chapter 14 - time for a new sport

chapter 15 - the end is near

chapter 16 - the crowning of a champion

chapter 17 - the sophomore challenge

act 3

chatper 18 - america the beautiful

chapter 19 - our new frontier

chapter 20 - victm

chapter 21 - free at last

chapter 22 - my senior year

epilogue