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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mishna Wolff Narrator: Mishna Wolff Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mishna Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. “He strutted around with a short perm, a Cosby-esque sweater, gold chains, and a Kangol—telling jokes like Redd Fox and giving advice like Jesse Jackson. You couldn’t tell my father he was white. Believe me, I tried,” writes Wolff. And so from early childhood on, her father began his crusade to make his white daughter down.

Unfortunately, Mishna didn’t quite fit in with the neighborhood kids: she couldn’t dance, she couldn’t sing, she couldn’t double dutch, and she was the worst player on her all-black basketball team. She was shy, uncool, and painfully white. And yet when she was suddenly sent to a rich white school, she found she was too “black” to fit in with her white classmates.

I’m Down is a hip, hysterical, and at the same time beautiful memoir that will have you howling with laughter, recommending it to friends and questioning what it means to be black and white in America.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marcie Lovett | 2/17/2014

    " Strange little book. Mishna Wolff is a delightful storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cailen | 2/15/2014

    " Lots of typos... the grammar problems were distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kari | 2/15/2014

    " As the book begins, the perspective of time allows the author to tell the story of her somewhat unusual childhood in an amusing and entertaining way, but soon the book is full of swear words, particuarly the "F" word and while I was somewhat willing to forgive it because she is often quoting the words she heard at home and growing up, by the time I got to the end of the book, I was sick of all the swearing. And the ending was baffling to me; this bright and talented young woman, who is now recounting her teenage years, is obviously still aching for the approval of her father, who was a man that neglected his daughter to fulfil his own selfish narcissism. I thought I knew where this book was going -- the coming of age story of a woman who figured out who she was and owned it, despite her struggles, or maybe because of them. But the resolution never came. Perhaps it's because the author has issues that she is still working to resolve. Understandable, yet without acknowledging the fact in the book, it just seems as if the story just ends and it was all for naught. Disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meghan | 2/5/2014

    " A funny, sometimes painful coming-of-age story with loads of teen appeal. Can anyone feel more out of place than a nerdy white girl in an all-black neighborhood? Only someone who felt profoundly out of place as a kid or teen could appreciate this unique memoir. "

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About the Author
Author Mishna Wolff

Mishna Wolff is a comedian and former model who grew up in Seattle. She was one of the 2009 Sundance Screenwriting Lab fellows. She currently divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.