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Posted January 9, 2001
To tell the truth
It is rare that an author truly has the courage to tell the whole truth and it is the unusualness of honesty that make this book so wonderful. Made in America or All American Girl would have also been good titles as this story could not have happened in any other place. Well-educated, well-traveled, well-read, but not out of touch, Debra Dickerson's reflections will resonate with readers of all races, ages and backgrounds. The problem of low expectations and disbelief at ascension are constant problems in black/American life and post-integration alienation is also pervasive. Enormously helpful and almost therapeutic, this book is a must read. (Though I do wonder why Pantheon Books allowed so many typographical errors into the final print).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2000
Truly American: the First Admendment at its best
I bought this book as a commuting companion and it turned out to be one to the best impulsive buying decisions I¿ve ever made. This work was so full of emotion (from uncontrollable laughter to down right anger) and so well written that I found myself wanting to tell my own story. What courage it must have taken to say it the way you saw it. Thank you Ms. Dickerson for saying what I¿ve only dreamed (so far) of saying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2000
The Truth and heart speaks
As part of this 'American Story' I feel that Debra Dickerson may open the eyes, mind, spirit and hearts of many. I took a personal view of what she had to say. I too feel that where you have been, things that have happened in your life and what people say and do to others in there lives can play a major part of who that person will and can be. I'm proud that Ms. Dickerson spoke out for herself, and told her story. I hope that others will see this book as I have and accept it for what it is. The story of a young Afro-American woman and her life as it was and is. Keep writing what's in your heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2000
An American tale worth noting
Debra Dickerson pulls no punches and toes no party lines in her memoir of growing up smart, black and brittle. Her unsparing honesty and willingness to grapple with some of the thorniest issues of race and class make this a must-read for serious readers and anyone interested in America's long-standing racial divide. While I would argue that she could have cut down on the military jargon (and think her editor should have pulled her coat about it), I wouldn't have missed this book. Readers shouldn't either.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.