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Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide by [Ratliff, Sarah, Sutherland, Bryony]
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Length: 184 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Good, bad, ugly and illuminating: everyone has an opinion on race. As Biracial people continue trending, the discussion is no longer about a singular topic, but is more like playing a game of multi-level chess. The anthology, Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide, cites the experiences of twenty-four mixed-race authors and parents of multiracial children of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world. It blends positivity, negativity, humor, pathos and realism in an enlightening exploration of what it means to be more than one ethnicity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5415 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Coquí Press; 3 edition (6 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01525T4BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring and Informative 28 April 2017
By Vivienne Diane Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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As the title implies, this book explores the world that comprises of an eclectic biracial/multiracial community that is rarely talked about or studied. Sequence of events are weaved into this collection of works, namely, Colonialism, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panther/Black Power Movement, and 9/11 and the impact these events have on the social, economic, and political structures, and on race, color, religion, and customs in the USA and abroad. The essays, written from the writers’ perspectives and experiences, from the voices of teens to seniors, are an eye-opener, and a true representation of what it means to be biracial in a world that can be unkind, where you are confronting persistent stereotypes, offensive or so-called well-meaning comments made about children of biracial couples, or toward individuals who choose to marry a person of a different color, religion, or ethnicity. The narratives expose the many positive and negative challenges biracial people face continuously, which most of us think are exclusive only to those who identify themselves as monoracial, but in reality, these stories remind us that People of Color, no matter their lineage, are more alike than dissimilar, have the same needs and wants, tackle countless contradictions, rejection, anger, and isolation. As members of the human race, we should never allow society at large to dictate one’s identity or where individuals fit into this world by making false conjectures based on skin color.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to more deeply understand race, read this book 5 May 2017
By Rivka Kawano - Published on Amazon.com
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Our world becomes increasingly diverse every day. This provides new challenges as well as new opportunities for relationships, understanding, and dialogue. The more that we can understand and connect with one another's stories, the more we develop empathy and are able to move forward together.

One challenge in reading a story about what it is like to be biracial is that every experience is different. Of course, there are common threads, but the unique stories are a result of time, place, and the cultures involved among other things. That is one of the things that I loved about this book, as it gave many different perspectives rather than just one person telling their own individual story.

The other thing about many books about race is that they lean towards the academic - even anthropologic. In contract, "Being Biracial" is about as personal as it can get. First hand stories by people from many walks of life.

The authors have done a wonderful job putting this anthology together. It is definitely one that I will recommend to anyone trying to get a deeper understanding of race and how it affects our world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Vehicle for a Much-Needed Conversation 29 April 2017
By Kristin St John - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing. As someone who is biracial, I loved how it was able to capture what I agree with AND what I don't. It's simplicity of just letting the various authors tell their personal story shows that those of us who are of multiple racial/ethnic backgrounds can be similar...but so different at the same time.

I have a tendency to read books while traveling or during those long weekend commutes -- but I found myself picking it up while having lunch at work or even while having some quiet time at home. Various friends of mine now have children who are biracial and, depending on their age, I would highly recommend this book. It's nice to know "we're" a bigger and more diverse group than assumed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read. 12 May 2017
By Terry Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
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As the mother and grandmother of biracial children, I believed that I knew as much as I was capable of knowing about being biracial, while being White myself. I was wrong. This book opened my eyes to the fact that there were many questions I had never asked my daughter about what life is like for her. To be honest, when she was a child, I assumed any questions she had could be answered by her father who is Black. It did not occur to me in so many words, that he would not know anymore than I would, what being biracial was like. Since finishing, "Being Biracial", a dialogue is being opened between us, looking toward the future of my granddaughter, who will grow up in a world that in many ways will be better than the one I or my daughter grew up in. However, society still has a long way to go, and this book is a good place to begin overdue conversations. The real-life stories are at times funny, touching, sad, but always heartfelt and honest. In a world that is increasingly being filled with more racially mixed people, this book is a must read. I found myself highlighting pertinent passages that I will review again as the information is shared with my immediate and extended families. The authors have done a tremendous job of organizing a great deal of information into a concise and readable book. Don't miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for everyone in this evolving modern world! 27 April 2017
By Writegirl18 - Published on Amazon.com
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At once inspiring, touching and heartbreaking, this compendium of first-hand experiences sheds light on lives most of us are far removed from. Many bi- or multi-racial children and adults mask their true feelings in an attempt to "fit in" to society at large, but this groundbreaking book by Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland pulls back the curtain and allows us to live inside the authors' skins for awhile. In this century of openness and awareness, an age when interracial and interfaith relationships are publicly acknowledged, when LGBTQ and transgender issues are spoken of openly, it is surely time for the world at large to learn and understand what difficulties, identity issues and prejudices multiracial individuals and families have endured. It is books and stories such as these that can lead to new understanding.