Brown White Black by Nishta J. Mehra audiobook

Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion

By Nishta J. Mehra

02/05/2019 Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $32.99

    ISBN: 9781250318732

Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptance. Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most fraught issues. Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter her child from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating Shiv on the realities and dangers of being black in America. In other essays, she discusses her childhood living in the racially polarized city of Memphis; coming out as queer; being an adoptive mother who is brown; and what it's like to be constantly confronted by people's confusion, concern, and expectations about her child and her family. Above all, Mehra argues passionately for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of identity and family. Both poignant and challenging, Brown White Black is a remarkable portrait of a loving family on the front lines of some of the most highly charged conversations in our culture.

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Summary

Summary

Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptance.

Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most fraught issues. Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter her child from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating Shiv on the realities and dangers of being black in America. In other essays, she discusses her childhood living in the racially polarized city of Memphis; coming out as queer; being an adoptive mother who is brown; and what it's like to be constantly confronted by people's confusion, concern, and expectations about her child and her family. Above all, Mehra argues passionately for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of identity and family.

Both poignant and challenging, Brown White Black is a remarkable portrait of a loving family on the front lines of some of the most highly charged conversations in our culture.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nishta Mehra’s luminous prose shines…A natural storyteller, she has an original voice, an ear for spoken language, and an eye for the sparkling detail…[Her] writing is at turns crisp and lyrical but always entertaining.” Southern Review

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Author Bio: Nishta J. Mehra

Author Bio: Nishta J. Mehra

Nishta J. Mehra was raised among a tight-knit network of Indian immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the proud graduate of St. Mary’s Episcopal School and holds a BA in religious studies from Rice University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Currently a middle school English teacher, she authors the popular food blog Blue Jean Gourmet and lives with her partner, Jill, and their son, Shiv, in a suburb of Houston, Texas.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Audience: Adult
Language: English