White Bucks and Black-Eyed Peas: Coming Of Age Black In White America

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Confronting the difficulties of a "minority within a minority," a successful young African American chronicles his experiences through a ghetto childhood, prep school, and Stanford University and reveals his precarious balancing act between white and African-American cultures. 35,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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MARCUS MABRY, a veteran foreign correspondent and editor, is chief of correspondents for Newsweek, overseeing the magazine's domestic and international bureaus. His work has appeared in Foreign Affairs and The New Republic, among other publications. The winner of numerous journalism awards, Mabry is the author of Twice As Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power, an editor's choice of the New York Times Book Review. He lives in New York City.

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By the time Mabry, a Newsweek Paris correspondent, was born in 1967, Martin Luther King had less than a year to live and the civil rights movement was splintering. The heroes of Mabry's story are the stubborn women who raised him: his pragmatic grandmother Merle Thomas, who moved her family from rural Georgia to West Palm Beach, Florida, to a working-class suburb of Trenton, New Jersey; and his mother Jerrilynn, unable to realize her own educational and show-biz dreams but committed to keeping her son's options unlimited. Both women worked when they could, but Uncle Sam sometimes kept their family fed. Money from Jerrilynn's drug-dealer boyfriend paid for cherished Christmas presents. When Mabry qualified for Lawrenceville (a ritzy, mostly WASP boarding school), exchange student status in France (Stanford University and the Sorbonne), and job offers from Newsweek and other leading mainstream publications, he learned firsthand what W. E. B. Du Bois meant by "double consciousness." Is Mabry too young to write a memoir? Sure. Does he have important things to tell readers, whatever our age and race? Definitely. A penetrating, gracefully written dissection of life on the racial and generational cusp. Mary Carroll

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