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Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self

By: Rebecca Walker
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

The 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. — From Penguin

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