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

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

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 son, 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 Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptance Brown, White, Black is a portrait of Nisht...

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Title:Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
Author:Nishta J. Mehra
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1250133564
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

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

  • Sujata
    Apr 08, 2019
    Excellent essay collection touching up omg a lot of different issues that folks confront and or should be more aware of. I had a similar upbringing as the author in the same city and school and community and it articulated much of my own experience and I was left with much to think abo...
  • Lauren
    Apr 30, 2019
    Nishta Mehra has written a clear-eyed, honest and thoughtful collection of essays about the complicated structures that guide our common understanding of "what makes a family." Her intellectual evolution is made clear in these essays that examine adoption, queerness, anti-Black racism,...
  • Leslie
    May 21, 2019
    Family, race, gender, privilege, bias... my friend Nishta explores these topics directly, with her characteristic generosity shining through. The chapters about becoming a parent pushed me in a wonderful way, in what I have taken and do take for granted regularly in this role. Thank yo...
  • Poonam
    Feb 26, 2019
    What a beautiful essay collection from Nishta J. Mehra. The social and religious constructs that define what marriage and motherhood should look like - both in American and Indian cultures - is upended with Nishta?s powerful collection. As an Indian-American queer woman from the s...
  • Tara
    Mar 17, 2019
    A beautifully written look at what it means to be brown in a white community, to develop a queer identity while uncomfortable with racial identity, and to be in a lesbian interracial family with an adopted black son. The author?s insights on the cult of motherhood spoke directly to m...
  • Christina
    Jul 06, 2019
    I adored this collection of thoughtful, thought-provoking, and profound essays on life, family, race, sexuality, gender, parenting, and so much more. Nishta Mehra has a unique voice, unflinchingly honest yet kind, and she is using it to offer others a perspective on life we might no...
  • Don
    Apr 04, 2019
    This essay collection is written by a first generation Indian-American woman, married to a Caucasian woman, raising a African American gender nonconforming child. It is about how this family came to be, find their way to exist as a loving family, and how to protect and nurture their ch...
  • Autumn
    Jun 10, 2019
    Nishta Mehra's book covers so many topics. She discusses race, sexuality, gender, transracial adoption, parenting, and more. She questions norms and confronts societal assumptions that have been ingrained in her that she now sees are problematic. She doesn't pretend to be a perfect...
  • Valerie
    Oct 28, 2018
    This is a beautifully written but also highly accessible glimpse into the life of a modern American family that doesn't quite fit the definition of what many think an "American family" should look like and act like. It is important reading for anyone who wants an understanding of the d...
  • Leah Lax
    Mar 19, 2019
    I thought I understood love, motherhood, gender. I thought I got them, felt them, lived them in broad woke 2019 terms. Then I followed Mehra?s wise, articulate navigation of these experiences outside of the norm, the stereotyping, the silences, of our cultural language. Language, she...
  • Jan Lynch
    Jul 14, 2019
    Thought-provoking, engaging, and well-written. ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2019
    This fantastic memoir is such a welcome change from the glut of motherhood narratives that?s been overwhelming bookshelves lately, namely white women having existential crises about whether or not they want to have children. It?s not that there?s no place for those, but (thankful...
  • Jeimy
    Feb 20, 2019
    I read this one in one day because it was brief, not because I was riveted. While the author?s family is not what most picture when they think of a family, her contributions to the discussion about identity politics is nothing we haven?t heard before. ...
  • Allison
    Mar 10, 2019
    Nishta J. Mehra?s BROWN WHITE BLACK means so much to me. This essay collection is an intimate, honest portrayal of Mehta?s life experiences as a first generation Indian-American queer woman, married to a white woman, raising a Black gender nonconforming child. It is both so specifi...
  • Dc
    Apr 15, 2019
    i can?t stand it when chapters in a memoir repeat, again & again, the same descriptors ... as tho maybe i?m going to read the book non-linearly, or that i?ve somehow forgotten something i read just pages before. for that reason i give the book 3 stars. the topics get a 5. ...
  • Nokukhanya Ntsaluba
    Jun 25, 2019
    I read a review of this book and I was really intrigued by the perspective of the writer. A queer woman of color, married to a white woman, raising a black child is as intersectional as you can get! The funny thing is that I got something completely different than Allison. I latched ...
  • Peacejanz
    Apr 26, 2019
    What an amazing read! Mehra writes from her heart about race, our unawareness of so much, her protectiveness since she became a parent. I learned more about assumptions and mild questions that are hurtful from this book than I have in 75 years of living. This set of essays, some-what a...
  • Nina
    Apr 05, 2019
    I loved this essay collection, both for the ways I could relate to Mehra as a fellow brown woman and the ways I couldn't (age, sexuality, life stage) that nevertheless broadened my perceptions. I especially admired Mehra's willingness to be candid and frankly examine her own actions an...
  • Julie Giehl
    Mar 21, 2019
    I felt like this book found me at the right time. She articulated quite a few life experiences and/or feelings in a way I felt helpful in processing the way I see the world. A great model for living and parenting. A couple other reviews recommended this book would be great for cis, het...
  • Ser
    Mar 03, 2019
    I would recommend this book to anyone, but I think it could be especially thought-provoking and valuable for white, straight, cis parents and white, straight, cis people who would like to be a parent at some point in their life. I am not a parent myself and most of the time I have zero...
  • Kristine
    Feb 28, 2019
    A beautiful, thoughtful essay collection that will probe you to consider your own identity, whatever that may be, and its impact on how you move through the world. Mehra's family may "check all the boxes," but their experiences are surprisingly universal. With each essay I messaged ano...
  • Mei
    Feb 25, 2019
    A collection of essays by Nishta Mehra, an Indian American queer whose wife is white. Together, they adopted a black son who is currently exploring her gender identity. I really enjoyed this - I related to a lot of her first generation immigrant upbringing in a mostly white area and to...
  • Roseanney Liu
    Mar 08, 2019
    Never have I dogeared so many pages in a book. A powerfully self aware, emotive, intelligent read by Mehra. As an Asian American immigrant having dealt with racism and now raising biracial children, I connected deeply with Mehra's prose. ...
  • Senshin
    Feb 21, 2019
    Would have loved for it to be much longer! Will read again. ...
  • Khalia
    Jul 05, 2019
    You don't know what you'll do until the experience presents itself. I admire Nishta's openness and clarity about her life and its peripheries. We are similar in that we are nonwhite women who place our intelligence as our primary trait and retain our cerebral freedom but that's where t...
  • Tim Mazurek
    Sep 25, 2018
    It?s so beautifully written. Clear and direct and manages to talk about big important things through the lens of one family. A thoroughly engaging read. ...
  • BubbyY
    Apr 14, 2019
    Definitely, I am thankful that my semi-random book gathering strategy -- recommendations from others and my library -- put this book on my radar. It scratched an itch I only vaguely new was there. This book was on a display at my local library, and the three labels -- "brown", "whit...
  • Jane Maloy
    Apr 18, 2019
    I NEED you to read this book and consume the idea that privilege exits in most facets of life: your straightness, your whiteness, your biological family-ness, your same skin toned couple. Taking a look at my life through that of one that is (on the surface) very different than my own...
  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Apr 17, 2019
    ?Some people think our family is adorable, the very embodiment of twenty-first century America, a testament to the power of love and an ever-expanding definition of family; some people think our family is an abomination, everything wrong with America today, evidence of civilization i...
  • Rachel Morrison
    Jun 26, 2019
    Good read about a very "non traditional" family! ...