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Jaiya John has opened the floodgates on his own childhood with this piercing memoir. Black Baby White Hands, a waterfall of jazz splashing over the rocks of love, pain and the honoring of family. Magically, this book finds a way to sing as it cries, and to exude compassion even as it dispels well-entrenched myths. This story is sure to find itself well worn, stained by tears, and brushed by laughter in the lap of parents, adolescents, educators, students and professionals. Here comes the rain and the sunshine, all at once.
Posted September 6, 2002
What a compelling story. As much as orphaned kid(s) need a loving home, I think adoptive parents of other races need to consider more of what the kid needs beside love. Although love is a key factor, there are other things that makes a kid, as such, whole. This book is a great read. It answered a lot of questions especially the chapter on Colorblind. And the inevitable answer to adoption, "Because I wanted to give him/her a better life", will nolong stand. I've always been confused to that answer, however the author gives a better answer, "Give him/her a better life as compared to what". I don't think the question is ever really given a though by adoptive. The book gives great examples as to what this kid went through mentally being on both sides.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.