The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White
by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip
Publication Date: Jan 27, 1995
List Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback, 271 pages
Imprint: Free Press
Publisher: Free Press
Parent Company: Free Press
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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.
- Biography & Autobiography / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General
- Reference / Genealogy & Heraldry
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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