I checked in at the Musing Mondays blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:
Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
This book caught my attention at the Books Inc, our largest independent bookstore in town for new books. They had an author event for Mama Child which I missed. The book is about a mixed family—a black father and a white mother—amidst the agony of racism in 1970s America. The setting is in fact my very own backyard: Oakland and Berkeley on the east bay. I lived in the same zipcode when I was an undergraduate at Cal, 94703. The heroine is a biracial teenage girl who is confused about her identity. Her parents, civil right activists, want her to have an identity that the culture has put on her. This takes us back to the talk about one-drop rule and all the ambiguity about being a mulatto. “Am I black of white?” “Where do I belong?” On one occasion returning the stare of a white boy on the plane, she calls herself a zebra.