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Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide by [Ratliff, Sarah, Sutherland, Bryony]
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Length: 186 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.

“Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide is the best of both worlds. It is not only academic, nor is it only commercial. Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland have indeed found a way to take a subject that will appeal to everyone, from interracial parents, to the multiracial population, to non-fiction readers, and to academics. It is a book that needs to be read by anyone interested in diversity and the multiracial viewpoint.” Susan Graham, President, Project RACE, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8403 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Coquí Press; 2 edition (6 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01525T4BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #857,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars So true...what an amazingly written book! 18 November 2015
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Sarah and Bryony have done a marvelous job of telling 'a' story that plays out in the real world more than most people are aware of. Being of biracial and bicultural descent myself, I found the stories in 'Being Biracial' very relevant, timely and in great need for every single person on this planet to read. It is not easy to navigate through two or more worlds (depending on the racial make-up of a person), and often times very frustrating for the simple fact that people of biracial descent are often criticized by many and accepted by few. Very honest and at times painful, the stories are a true reflection (supported by my own research) of what is obvious but not talked about in our society. The fact that biracial individuals make up one the fastest growing population in the United States, makes this book so important. However, please note that the stories in this book do not only reflect what's happening in America but across the entire planet. Many thanks and much love to the wonderful authors Sarah and Bryony
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book - well worth your time 12 October 2015
By desertrat - Published on
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This book is truly excellent. It is an eye-opening look into the joys and stresses of a multi-racial existence from an incredible variety of perspectives. It includes a diverse, engaging collection of life stories from parents, kids and partners of bi- and multi-racial individuals as well as musings and experiences from those individuals themselves. Oh, and by the way – think way beyond black/white – there are astonishing “mixes of mixtures” here, each with a unique tale to tell. I approached this book with some trepidation: I don’t do “preachy” well, and I consider myself fairly knowledgeable from a diversity perspective so I was also not necessarily looking forward to reading what I already know. Forget that stuff. This is an engaging read as well as an educational treasure. Buy it, read it and enjoy it. If you teach contemporary sociology or diversity add it to your curriculum immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't care who you are, you need to read this. 30 September 2015
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I can't get enough of this book and I truly hope it becomes a global best seller. Everyone would benefit from reading it, whether you identify as biracial, multiracial, black, white or anything in between. Conversations about race can be uncomfortable, but this book leaves you with no excuse whatsoever to not participate.

Speaking as a white person, this book has been extremely eye-opening and has let me see a world I would otherwise know nothing about. The first essay by Sarah Ratliff was like a punch in the gut. I cried! There's enough drama in her parents' story to make a Lifetime movie.

The contributors are from every corner of the world and have unique but binding experiences to share. Their essays are honest and eloquent and raw. "Being Biracial" actually leaves me wanting to read more, so I look forward to a Volume 2!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking book 9 January 2016
By kristen - Published on
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Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide is an anthology, or a collection rather, of essays written by people who are either biracial, multiracial, or parents to children of such, or those in interracial relationships. The co-authors collected essays from several others who vary in age, sex and race. They tell their stories, and what it means to them to be biracial today. Some tell what it was like growing up, as opposed to how it is now. Or is there much difference? Race is still, after all these years, a subject that is mishandled so many times.

I am so glad that I read this. It has opened up my mind on the topic of race even more than it was before, and I plan to read other books on this subject in the near future. This book will make you think, that's for sure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful & insightful stories 8 September 2015
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After reading this book I was amazed at how diverse mixed races could be. What was more amazing was how familiar it was: the pain of not being accepted by either group, having to choose sides, feeling the need to justify one’s existence. But there was comedy too … the stories show brutal honesty, pain, redemption and even the kindness to forgive those who show prejudice toward them.
DLynch (White and Hispanic)

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