Okay, maybe we shouldn’t call this list the top 10 Contemporary Biracial Memoirs because well, the list is a little longer than 10 and because I have a feeling I will keep adding to it. But here’s a stab at some contemporary memoirs by biracial folks that you don’t want to miss (in no particular order):
A great memoir by the writer who brought us the ground-breaking book of interviews: Black White Other in 1995. Funderberg writes movingly about her father as he advances in years and tries to reconcile what it will mean to be in the world without him.
Bliss Broyard’s father was an important literary critic and writer and she found out only at his death that he had passed his entire life as white and left behind his black family behind. This is a heart-breaking and beautifully written book about a daughter’s love for her father who she isn’t sure she entirely knew.
Rebecca Walker tells an important story about growing up biracial in this raw memoir. The daughter of Alice Walker, Rebecca talks about how she came of age and developed her own sense of creativity as she started on a career as a writer of vision and voice.
This is a beautiful book about the ways in which families are torn apart in large and small ways over questions of race. June Cross has also produced a moving documentary about her story with the same title.
Wow. I loved this book. As biracial and multiracial people we don’t necessarily have a landscape in which we belong. Raboteau goes in search of a homeplace and the result is a beautiful and moving book.
Okay, that’s 10 but it is such a limited list in its scope. Only one of the titles is not by a black/white subject. Let us know who else we should add: Marie Mockett, Janet Stickmon, Alexis Wilson . . . others? We’ll keep adding to the list! Let us know!-Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder