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The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White (edición 1995)

por Shirlee Taylor Haizlip (Autor)

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The Sweeter the Juice is a provocative memoir that goes to the heart of our American identity. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, in an effort to reconcile the dissonance between her black persona and her undeniably multiracial heritage, started on a journey of discovery that took her over thousands of miles and hundreds of years. While searching for her mother's family, Haizlip confronted the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions between race and skin color. We are drawn in by the story of an African-American family. Some members chose to "cross over" and "pass" for white while others enjoyed a successful black life. Their stories weave a tale of tangled ancestry, mixed blood, and identity issues from the 17th century to the present. The Sweeter the Juice is a memoir, a social history, a biography, and an autobiography. Haizlip gives to us the quintessential American story, unveiling truths about race, about our society, and about the ways in which we all perceive and judge one another.… (más)
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Título:The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White
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Info:Free Press (1995), 271 pages
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Growing up in Connecticut in the 1940s and 1950s, the daughter of a prominent black Baptist minister, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip enjoyed a position of privilege and security in her identity that for many years she took for granted. For her mother, Margaret, and the rest of the Morris family, fair skin had been a double-edged legacy, a contrast to the Reverend Taylor's dark, proud, and successful clan. Light enough to "pass, " Margaret's father and surviving siblings, descendants of an Irish immigrant and a mulatto slave, had disappeared into the white world, abandoning her and cutting themselves off from their tangled roots. Shirlee grew to adulthood moving easily between the black world and the white, but with an unfulfilled dream of discovering what had become of her mother's family. As Margaret approached eighty, her daughter determined to realize that dream. What she unearthed in dusty archives, letters, journals, and other records, is a tale of journeys - physical, emotional, racial, and social - that continues even today. Across the boundaries of race and time, the story spans six generations of both sides of Shirlee's family, ranging form Ireland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., to Connecticut, New York, Ohio, the Virgin Islands, and finally California. There, with the help of a private detective, Shirlee tracked down her mother's only surviving sibling and reunited two sisters - one who called herself white and the other who called herself blackafter seventy-six years. She also uncovered a history of desertion, redemption, and betrayal set in motions by the charged, complicated meaning that color has carried in our society. The different choices the members of hermultihued family made, and the different lives each of them led as a result, raise questions of identity and allegiance common to us all.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 10, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
This is a very well-written memoir (subtitled "A Family Memoir in Black and White") about a woman's search for the missing half of her mother's family---the half that made the decision to "pass" as white and left her "too dark" mother behind as a child. It explores the question of defining race, and what our roots really mean, in the context of a thoroughly fascinating story with a satisfying and hopeful outcome. Interesting counterpoint to the fictional tragedies of Faulkner's Joe Christmas and Charles Bon.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Oct 8, 2015 |
Absolutely one of my most favorite books of all time. It is fascinating and will inspire anyone to search their roots, no matter what their racial heritage is. In my opinion, it should be one of the "required reading" books in every high school. ( )
  cheesecakegirl | Mar 19, 2012 |
I first read this book back in 1994 and am very surprised to see it is in so few of Library Thing members' personal libraries. It sheds a sharp light on many aspects of this nation's racial history and on family relationships. It is well worth a read. ( )
  Jcambridge | May 29, 2011 |
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To

my mother,
who made the journey;

my sisters,
who followed her path;

my daughters,
who know the way;

my grandfather,
who gathered the books;

my father,
who read all the pages;

my brother,
who skipped some of the chapters;

my husband,
who understood all the stories.
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"I often ...wonder whether I am a racist because black people are at the center of my comfort zone. Or are my feelings the result of a wound that is slow to heal? Am I a racist when I think about all the evil and violent things 'they' have done to 'us'? Am I not 'them' as well as 'us'? Or am I carrying the flag from one generation of color to the next to warn of the hatreds that separate the light-skinned from the dark? Will my semaphore be understood?"
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The Sweeter the Juice is a provocative memoir that goes to the heart of our American identity. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, in an effort to reconcile the dissonance between her black persona and her undeniably multiracial heritage, started on a journey of discovery that took her over thousands of miles and hundreds of years. While searching for her mother's family, Haizlip confronted the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions between race and skin color. We are drawn in by the story of an African-American family. Some members chose to "cross over" and "pass" for white while others enjoyed a successful black life. Their stories weave a tale of tangled ancestry, mixed blood, and identity issues from the 17th century to the present. The Sweeter the Juice is a memoir, a social history, a biography, and an autobiography. Haizlip gives to us the quintessential American story, unveiling truths about race, about our society, and about the ways in which we all perceive and judge one another.

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