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Ace of Spades: A Memoir

Matthews, David

ISBN 10: 0805081496 / ISBN 13: 9780805081497
Published by Henry Holt and Co., 2007
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Signed 0805081496 Inscribed by David Matthews. Bookseller Inventory # 007557

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Title: Ace of Spades: A Memoir

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without a dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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A take-no-prisoners tale of growing up without knowing who you are
When David Matthews's mother abandoned him as an infant, she left him with white skin and the rumor that he might be half Jewish. For the next twenty years, he would be torn between his actual life as a black boy in the ghetto of 1980s Baltimore and a largely imagined world of white privilege. While his father, a black activist who counted Malcolm X among his friends, worked long hours as managing editor at the Baltimore Afro-American, David spent his early years escaping wicked-stepmother types and nursing an eleven-hour-a-day TV habit alongside his grandmother in her old-folks-home apartment. In Reagan-era America, there was no box marked "Other," no multiculturalism or self-serving political correctness, only a young boy's need to make it in a clearly segregated world where white meant "have" and black meant "have not." Without particular allegiance to either, David careened in and out of community college, dead-end jobs, his father's life, and girls' pants.  A bracing yet hilarious reinvention of the American story of passing, Ace of Spades marks the debut of an irresistible and fiercely original new voice.

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David Matthews is a writer living in New York. He has appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show and the CBS Sunday Morning Show, and in People magazine.

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