This book is a moving memoir that tells the story of a biracial man raised in a housing project in Brooklyn by his white, Jewish mother. The narrative alternates between the author's perspective and his mother's, providing a nuanced view of issues related to race, religion, and identity. The author's mother, a Polish immigrant, married a black man in the 1940s and raised twelve children in the midst of poverty and racial tension. Despite the hardships, she instilled in her children the importance of education and self-reliance. The book is a tribute to the strength, resilience, and love of this remarkable woman.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 51st on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
- The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
- 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))