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Reviewed in Canada on February 14, 2022
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful memoir in prose poems of her growing up black during the 1960s and 70s in the north and segregated South. It is both intimate and honest. The author shares her personal experience of being born in Ohio where her father’s family were doctors and lawyers. Following a divorce when she was an infant, she and her siblings were taken to South Carolina where her mother had grown up. We see prejudice and the constant threat people of color faced every day in a state where they could not look a white person in the eyes and were compelled to address them as sir and ma’am. Yet, the book is filled with the love of family that everyone can identify with. There are scenes that are funny and sad and at times heartbreaking. Ms. Woodson skillfully details the journey of her early life and her conviction to become a writer.
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