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I'm Down: A Memoir

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    An amazing book

    I loved this book, and I just wanted to stop by and recommend it to anyone else looking for something extra special to read. Mishna Wolff is just as funny as David Sedaris at his best, and at the heart of her memoir is a truly touching family story that brought tears to my eyes in places. Anyone who's ever felt like a misfit or an outsider, or who grew up wishing they were cooler or richer or more popular, will surely find a kindred spirit in Mishna Wolff. This is one of my new favorite books, and I'm so glad it's out there.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    A great read and insight that's not so much about race as it is culture

    "You thought you could bring your broke-a#% turtle down here to play Barbies?"...I just stood on the corner holding Tommy the Turtle as five black girls holding plastic white women laughed at my stupidity"
    That line sealed it for me. All you have to do is read the sample chapter from Wolff's book and I'm sure that you are going to enjoy your stay in her world.
    What impressed me the most is that Wolff shows the influence that culture and relationships can have on young mind, while at the same time showing the difficulties that are encountered by the impoverished. It's strongest draw is that the characters (Yvonne, in particular) are fleshed out and you can often see the reason in their madness.
    The most telling aspect of this story though is the dialect. Too often you see "Black" slang interpreted as poorly spelled word and crazy contractions, that often times leaves readers (even black ones) confused. But Wolff captures the essence of the language and tones by using **real** words in the manner that speech is actually carried on. This was one of the best examples I have seen of Black speech on paper and it shows that the author was really down.
    This is a great read simply put.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    GREAT story

    I loved this book, laugh out loud funny in MANY places. Hilarious, and touching too in a way that had me wincing from the mental imagery her words evoked.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    Mishna Wolff's story is funny, sweet, painful, and so well done. I too had a white father who thought he was black...and Latino, and Asian--anything but white. And so this story, which may sound far-fetched to some, rang oh so true to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    great book

    I really liked reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2010

    Brilliant!!

    She tackles race, family dysfunction, and every other childhood difficulty you CAN'T imagine with roll around on the ground holding your stomach humor. In the end its so lovely and tender.
    Needed a good laugh and read if for the second time!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2009

    Good Read

    I only got to read the chapter that is provided on here and I am hooked when I get the chance I am definitely buying this book. The excerpt that I read is so much more colorful than most books that take you reading at least 6 chapters for it to get good. Mishna Wolff is a gem.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Right on!

    Loved it! And loved the way she told her story! Although so totally unique, I felt I could totally relate to so many of her 'struggles'. I particularly loved the chapter titled "The Family Racist"... and I've definitely been in her shoes. Everyone who says "I'm not racist" should read this book! - GO GIRL

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    DANG! I LOVED IT!

    I totally enjoyed this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2009

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    Great Read

    If you think the cover of this book is funny, wait until you start reading. It is an intimate look at growing up poor and not fitting in. This book made me laugh and cry and look back with more gentle eyes on my own childhood.

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