by Rebecca Carroll
Everyone interested in transracial adoption would be wise to read this new memoir. The author, a black cultural critic, recounts her story of being adopted as a young child by a white family from rural New Hampshire. She was raised in an all-white town, and eventually made her way to the University of New Hampshire and then to Hampshire College. Her well-meaning parents didn’t recognize the problems she faced, from the poor condition of her hair to her struggles to be accepted at school. Above all she had to confront alone an atmosphere of casual white supremacy. Carroll’s personal tale of her struggle to find her own authenticity is powerful.
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