Pros: Comedic timing, insight, Incredible moments
Cons: None (I hope there is a sequel!)
“I know preconceived notions don’t die because you marry someone of a different skin tone”. (Page 42 of ” Mixed: My Life in Black and White”)
“I’m a little worried what he’s going to think,” she said to me about a week before she confessed her vanilla sin” (Page 4 of Mixed: My Life in Black and White”)
Mixed: My Life in Black and White” is a comedic gym about the humorous (and sometimes not-so-humorous) exploits of a mixed race woman trying to navigate her identity through a confusing world. Nissel is the daughter of a White man and a self-professed Black Panther who later remarries to a Black man.
Nissel selects key moments from her childhood, high school, and college life to showcase her own insecurities as a person, a woman, and a person of mixed racial heritage. Those personal moments, though, are told in such a unique way that you learn about yourself in the process.
Those moments can include reading a passage from history about slavery, going to church, avoiding a high school bully, and trying to make friends at a new school. Nissel takes those everyday (along with some not-so-everyday moments) to teach, inspire, and uplift along with a chuckle.
Definitely a book to read. To me, it’s like “Everybody Hates Chris” mixed “The Wonder Years” or “The Middle”.
Author Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/AngelaNissel
Author Website: http://angelanissel.com/