Real American: A Memoir
The author writes the story of people like her who have every reason to have a happy life. Her father was Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and a highly respected pediatrician. They live in Martha’s Vineyard. Her mother was a highly educated English woman. She attended Stanford and holds a law degree from Harvard and an MFA. Yet hers was not an easy upper-class life; she is bi-racial. She lived between two worlds that are separated in this country by custom, economics, culture, and racism.
Many in this country have one idea about black people and their culture. They fail to see the broad, long-standing black middle class in this country, let alone the upper class. The barriers between white and black seem insurmountable.
Since the author’s mother was white, she did not have a role model or pathway to connect her two worlds. This is the story of a Real American, and it is an important book to read and understand.
Henry Holt and Co.