Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write about Race (Paperback)

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Candid, poignant, provocative, and informative, the essays and stories in Skin Deep explore a wide spectrum of racial issues between black and white women, from self-identity and competition to childrearing and friendship. Eudora Welty contributes a bittersweet story of a one-hundred-year-old black woman whose spirit is as determined and strong as anything in nature. Bestselling author Naomi Wolf recalls her first exposure to racism growing up, examining the subtle forms it can take even among well-meaning people; bell hooks writes about the intersection between black women and feminist politics; and Joyce Carol Oates includes a one-act play in which racial stereotypes are reversed. Among the other writers featured in the collection are Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Susan Straight, Mary Morris, and Beverly Lowry. A groundbreaking anthology that reveals surprising insights and hidden truths to a subject too often clouded by misperceptions and easy assumptions, Skin Deep is a major contribution to understanding our culture.

About the Author

Marita Golden is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. Her books include After, Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons, and Don't Play in the Sun. She is the founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, an organization that supports African American writers. She lives in Mitchellville, Maryland. Susan Shreve is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults and children, including three books about Amanda's younger brother--Joshua T. Bates.

Praise For…

"Captures the sound, the shape and the boundaries of contemporary relationships between Black and White women."--Essence magazine

"Eloquent, challenging and sometimes unsettling."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385474108
ISBN-10: 0385474105
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: July 15th, 1996
Pages: 320
Language: English