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The Resource When I was white : a memoir, Sarah Valentine

When I was white : a memoir, Sarah Valentine

Label
When I was white : a memoir
Title
When I was white
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Valentine
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The stunning and provocative coming-of-age memoir about Sarah Valentine's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and her discovery that her father was a black man. At the age of 27, Sarah Valentine discovered that she was not, in fact, the white girl she had always believed herself to be. She learned the truth of her paternity: that her father was a black man. And she learned the truth about her own identity: mixed race. And so Sarah began the difficult and absorbing journey of changing her identity from white to black. In this memoir, Sarah details the story of the discovery of her identity, how she overcame depression to come to terms with this identity, and, perhaps most importantly, asks: why? Her entire family and community had conspired to maintain her white identity. The supreme discomfort her white family and community felt about addressing issues of race--her race--is a microcosm of race relationships in America. A black woman who lived her formative years identifying as white, Sarah's story is a kind of Rachel Dolezal in reverse, though her 'passing' was less intentional than conspiracy. This memoir is an examination of the cost of being black in America, and how one woman threw off the racial identity she'd grown up with, in order to embrace a new one"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Valentine, Sarah
Dewey number
305.48/896073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Valentine, Sarah
  • Valentine, Sarah
  • Racially mixed people
  • African American women
  • Whites
  • Passing (Identity)
  • African Americans
  • Whites
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Families
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Race relations
  • Racially mixed people
  • Whites
  • Whites
  • Pennsylvania
  • HISTORY / Americas (North, Central, South, West Indies)
  • Pennsylvania
Label
When I was white : a memoir, Sarah Valentine
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
on1048946491
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9781250146755
Lccn
2018055440
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1048946491
Label
When I was white : a memoir, Sarah Valentine
Publication
Control code
on1048946491
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates
Isbn
9781250146755
Lccn
2018055440
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1048946491

Library Locations

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