|aBlack, white, and Jewish :|bautobiography of a shifting self /|cRebecca Walker.
|aAutobiography of a shifting self
|a1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed.
|aNew York :|bRiverhead Books,|c2002.
|a322 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aFirst Riverhead hardcover editon: 2001.
|aThe Civil Rights movement brought author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal together, and in 1969 their daughter, Rebecca, was born. Some saw this unusual copper-colored girl as an outrage or an oddity; others viewed her as a symbol of harmony, a triumph of love over hate. But after her parents divorced, leaving her a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds that only seemed to grow further apart, Rebecca was no longer sure what she represented. In this book, Rebecca Leventhal Walker attempts to define herself as a soul instead of a symbol—and offers a new look at the challenge of personal identity, in a story at once strikingly unique and truly universal.
Hailed as "compelling" by The Washington Post and "stunningly honest" by The San Francisco Chronicle, this memoir has hit bestseller lists and earned critical praise from coast to coast. Rebecca Walker was born in 1969 to author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal, who met and married in the heyday of the Civil Rights movement. But after their divorce, Rebecca was a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds-and trying to figure out where she fit in. "Masterfully illuminates differences between black and white America...a heartbreaking tale of self-creation." (People ) "Walker skillfully depicts her tangled upbringing, full of disappointment and privilege." (Time) "Compelling." (The Dallas Morning News) "A poignant, spare memoir." (Chicago Sun-Times) "Powerful." (Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia)
Rebecca Walker has received numerous awards and accolades for her writing and activism. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and publications; in addition to the international bestseller Black, White, and Jewish, her books include Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, and the anthologies To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, which has become a standard text in gender studies courses around the world, and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine the Future. A popular speaker at universities and in business settings, Walker teaches the art of memoir at workshops and writing conferences internationally.She lives in Hawaii.