By Angela Nissel
“Tell someone who asks that you’re half-black and half-white, similar to David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider.”–Angela’s mother
“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s mom and dad, yet does it have a clue? during this candid, humorous, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts turning out to be up biracial in Philadelphia–moving backward and forward among black inner-city colleges and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed makes an attempt to mixture in puppy her youngster years. as soon as in collage, Angela experiments with black activism (hoping to discover readability in extremism), capitalizes on her “exotic” examine a strip membership, and finally ends up with an incredible case of the blues (aka, a racial identification problem). but Angela is rarely down for the count number. After relocating to l. a., she discovers that being multiracial is something yet basic, specifically when it comes to courting and romance.
By turns a comedy of blunders and a relocating coming-of-age chronicle, combined lines one woman’s unforgettable trip to self-acceptance and belonging.
Praise for Mixed
“I love Angela Nissel's writing. examining Mixed was once like getting a letter from a ally I forgot I had. How ironic booklet written by means of somebody who felt like not anyone "got" her would definitely be a type of infrequent books every person will get- black, white, either, neither. Hilarious, candy, and sincere, Mixed is the precise learn if you have ever felt just like the one status at the outside-- and let's accept it, who hasn't? - -Jill Soloway, writer of Tiny women in glossy Pants
“Nissel is funny, poignant, and proud but additionally empathetic and beneficiant as she recounts her consistent fight to respond to the perennial query folks of combined race look required to invite of themselves in our society–where do I healthy in?.... All readers stand to profit from her account.” — Booklist
“Colorful anecdotes, wonderful discussion and a considerate narrative make this memoir a delight.”–Kirkus studies (starred review)
"If David Sedaris used to be a instantly biracial woman, this is often the ebook he'd write. This e-book is so humorous i have already began telling humans I helped Angela write it." -- invoice Lawrence, author of Scrubs
"Growing up black and white, I constantly felt I had the simplest of either worlds. i think a similar approach approximately Mixed. it is the excellent combination of hilarious comedy and infrequently tragic reality." -- Yvette Lee Bowser, author of Living unmarried and government manufacturer of Half and Half
"Mixed is a hilarious must-read for a person looking for the mesmerizing route to self-discovery. Angela Nissel's distinct account of residing the combined race adventure not just hit domestic with me, however the trip is deliciously enlightening and heart-rending while. it is a trip worth taking." --Halle Berry
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