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Author Ragusa, Kym.

Title The skin between us : a memoir of race, beauty, and belonging / Kym Ragusa.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  974.710040551 RAGU    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description 238 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary "Kym Ragusa's stunningly beautiful, brilliant African American mother turned heads as she strolled the streets of West Harlem. Ragusa's white, working class, Sicilian American father, who grew up only a few streets away in Italian East Harlem, had never seen anything like her. At home, their families despaired at the match, while in the streets the couple faced taunting threats from a city still racially divided." "From their volatile, short-lived pairing came a sensitive child with a filmmaker's observant eye and the intangible gifts of a writer. Both Italian American and African American, she struggled to find a place for herself as she grew, and, in this book, she brings to life the two families and the warring, but ultimately similar, communities that defined her." "At the center of the memoir are Ragusa's two powerful grandmothers, who gave her the love and stability to grow into her own skin. Eventually, their shared care for their granddaughter forced them to overcome their prejudices. East and West Harlem, the Bronx and suburban New Jersey, rent parties and religious feste, baked yams and baked ziti - all come to life in Ragusa's sensuous memories and lyrical prose, as she evokes the joy, the pain, and the inexhaustible richness of a racially and culturally mixed heritage."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Ragusa, Kym -- Childhood and youth.
Racially mixed people -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Grandmothers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics) -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York.
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Race relations.
New York (N.Y.) -- Race relations.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
ISBN 0393058905 (hardcover)
Standard Number 9780393058901