Saturday, March 21, 2009

20. "Secret Daughter: A Mixed Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away" - June Cross


June Cross was born the child of a white woman and a black man in 1954. Her memoir is a gripping recount of her experience as a woman who is struggling to find her culture, switching from her home with an "aunt" and her visits to her L.A.-rocking mom.

I've annoyed many a friend with the comment, "This is not our first black president: he's a mix of all of us." Obama has called himself a "mutt," which is why I relate to him (as a Norwegian-French-German-British-??-chica).

Cross's writing is beautiful and spare. There is no room for a Kleenex sob story here.

3.85 out of 5.0 Secret Martinis.

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