Real American

Real American

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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"Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called microaggressions, in addition to blunt-force insults, can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims's path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other." -- From Book jacket.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Henry Holt and Company,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781250137746
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: It begins like this
An American childhood
Becoming the other
Desperate to belong
Self-loathing
Emerging
Declaring
Black lives matter
Onward.
Summary: "Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called microaggressions, in addition to blunt-force insults, can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims's path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other." -- From Book jacket.

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Oct 29, 2017

A powerful and passionate examination of self in racially divided America. The writing is raw and elegant at the same time. I plan to buy this book so that I can return to it often.

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