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One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets
by Bliss Broyard

Published: 2007-09-27
Hardcover : 528 pages
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Two months before he died of cancer, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side, intending to reveal a secret he had kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. But even as he lay dying, the truth was too difficult for him to share, ...
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(Two months before he died of cancer, renowned literary critic Anatole Broyard called his grown son and daughter to his side, intending to reveal a secret he had kept all their lives and most of his own: he was black. But even as he lay dying, the truth was too difficult for him to share, and it was his wife who told Bliss that her WASPy, privileged Connecticut childhood had come at a price. Ever since his own parents, New Orleans Creoles, had moved to Brooklyn and began to "pass" in order to get work, Anatole had learned to conceal his racial identity. As he grew older and entered the ranks of the New York literary elite, he maintained the façade. Now his daughter Bliss tries to make sense of his choices and the impact of this revelation on her own life. She searches out the family she never knew in New York and New Orleans, and considers the profound consequences of racial identity. With unsparing candor and nuanced insight, Broyard chronicles her evolution from sheltered WASP to a woman of mixed race ancestry.

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Imagine the suffering of cutting off the relatives who are too dark to pass, so your own children don't get to meet them!
by sarasikes (see profile) 04/08/14

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African American history in NYC and New Orleans
by sarasikes (see profile) 04/08/14
Have some soul food!

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by PBOlsen (see profile) 03/14/15

 
  "Intersting bio of an African-American celebrity who passed for white."by sarasikes (see profile) 04/08/14

I read his reviews but was unaware that Anatole Broyard and his family lived 2 towns away from me in one of the whitest enclaves in the U.S. His daughter did not find out that her adored father grew up... (read more)

 
  "One Drop: My Father's Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets"by RachelP (see profile) 02/14/13

Interesting, but meandering family memoir where the author finds out about being African American after growing up white. The author takes the reader back and forth and back and forth between present... (read more)

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