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Skin Deep

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Skin Deep

Black Women & White Women Write about Race

By Marita Golden; Susan Shreve

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385474108, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 1996

Candid, poignant, provocative, and informative, the essays and stories in Skin Deep explore a wide spectrum of racial issues between black and white women, from self-identity and competition to childrearing and friendship. Eudora Welty contributes a bittersweet story of a one-hundred-year-old black woman whose spirit is as determined and strong as anything in nature. Bestselling author Naomi Wolf recalls her first exposure to racism growing up, examining the subtle forms it can take even among well-meaning people; bell hooks writes about the intersection between black women and feminist politics; and Joyce Carol Oates includes a one-act play in which racial stereotypes are reversed. Among the other writers featured in the collection are Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Susan Straight, Mary Morris, and Beverly Lowry. A groundbreaking anthology that reveals surprising insights and hidden truths to a subject too often clouded by misperceptions and easy assumptions, Skin Deep is a major contribution to understanding our culture.

Praise For Skin Deep

"Captures the sound, the shape and the boundaries of contemporary relationships between Black and White women."--Essence magazine

"Eloquent, challenging and sometimes unsettling."--Minneapolis Star Tribune