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Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black.

Raised in sleepy English suburbia, Georgina Lawton was no stranger to homogeneity. Her parents were white; her friends were white; there was no reason for her to think she was any different. But over time her brown skin and dark, kinky hair frequently made her a target of prejudice. In Georgina’s insistently color-blind household, with no acknowledgement of her difference or access to black culture, she lacked the coordinates to make sense of who she was.

It was only after her father’s death that Georgina began to unravel the truth about her parentage—and the racial identity that she had been denied. She fled from England and the turmoil of her home-life to live in black communities around the globe—the US, the UK, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Morocco—and to explore her identity and what it meant to live in and navigate the world as a black woman. She spoke with psychologists, sociologists, experts in genetic testing, and other individuals whose experiences of racial identity have been fraught or questioned in the hopes of understanding how, exactly, we identify ourselves.

Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: what constitutes our sense of self? Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced and emotional journey of forming one’s identity.

Titulo:Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780063009486
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  • Georgina Lawton

    is it bad to rate your own book? anyway I have. and I think it's very good :)...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I have so many thoughts, and I won’t do this powerful book justice, but I want you all to read it.Georgina Lawton is raised in a white family and never told why she has dark skin. Growing up in subu...

  • Bree Hill

    Seriously one of the best books centering ‘Identity’ that I’ve read in a long time. Georgina grew up surrounded by love and she knows that but she also grew up with two white parents and eventua...

  • Never Without a Book

    WOW! This book stressssssed me, Georgina, I am so so sorry you had to go through life fighting to figure out who you are. I mean her mom......Bro! ....smh full review coming later....

  • Charles Shires

    Georgina’s search for her identity highlights what most of us take for granted - our undisputed sense of self and where we come from. Her journey is inspiring and you can’t help but feel attached ...

  • Jendella

    A sincerely moving memoir that also interrogates the limitations (and ridiculousness) of the ways we talk about race and identity and the concept of “colourblindness” that Britain can often pride ...

  • Carly Findlay

    Raceless is one of those books that I didn’t want to put down, but I also didn’t want it to end.I was engrossed.A memoir by British woman. Georgina Lawton, Raceless is about the identity crisis of...

  • Zahrah Surooprajally

    I would recommend this book to everyone. In the era of the personal essay, it’s hard to make a mark. To be able to convey your impetus to tell your story can feel forced or too similar to the corpus...

  • VL

    A fascinating search for identity....

  • Monica

    This is a book written fiercely, scorchingly, with evident painful honesty. It is extremely well written and thought provoking, particularly for this Caucasian reader, as hopefully it will also be rea...

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