Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Black White & Jewish
Walker’s acclaimed 2002 memoir, which starts with an account of her first birthday, presents flashes of memories that are alternately elating and distressing, and which feel no less urgent one decade later. Her hopes, anger, frustrations, and determination ring loudly from the pages.
In fact, looking for the book in the aisles of your local bookstore is itself an illustration of Walker’s predicament: Can it be found in the "African-American" section, the "Jewish" section, the "Women & Gender" section? Through Walker’s sensitive reflections and astute analysis, we see how restrictive being forced into just one category can be.