Racism Explained to My Daughter / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In the tradition of Marion Wright Edelman's "The Measure of Our Success," a best-selling author speaks frankly with his daughter about racism. A runaway best-seller in Europe, Tahar Ben Jelloun's Racism Explained to My Daughter has been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold more than 300,000 copies. Writing in response to his ten-year-old daughter's questions about racism, the prize-winning author has created a unique and compelling dialogue, speaking to racism as a problem not only in France, but around the world. Elegant and sensitive, "deceptively simple" (New York Times), Racism Explained to My Daughter is for all parents who have struggled to engage their children in discussion of this complex issue. It also includes personal essays from four leading U.S. writers who are also parents.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Winner of the 2004 IMPAC Prize, the 1994 Prix Maghreb, and the 1987 Prix Goncourt, Moroccan-born Tahar Ben Jelloun emigrated to France in 1961. His novels include the Prix Goncourt-winning The Sacred Night, Corruption, and This Blinding Absence of Light (IMPAC Prize, 2004). He is a regular contributor to Le Monde, La Repubblica, El País, and Panorama. Carol Volk translated Ben Jelloun's novel Corruption. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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Racism Explained to My Daughter based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a pretty good book. Its first part is the author explaining racism to his ten year old daughter. This is taken from actual conversations he had with his daughter and some of her friends at different times. The second half of the book is other adults responses to what he wrote. Not a hard book to read and it can be pretty informative. Helps a person understand what we need to do as an individual to fight racism. Check it out! You might even want to buy this one.
This book contains some very intelligent conversations on race in America. Jelloun begins the discussion with a dialogue with his daughter and then five other social commentators take it up. I found William Ayers' and Lisa Delpit's essays to be particularly thought-provoking. Both look closely at the historical context of racism and then apply it to today's social environment. If you live in America, you should read this. I'm currently trying to work this book into my 11th Grade English curriculum. I'm looking forward to the conversations it is bound to produce.