Humorist and former model Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be. I wrote a book review of “I’m Down” by Mishna Wolff. It’s a memoir about a super- white kid growing up in pre-gentrification Central District. A memoir by Mishna Wolff, I’m Down is one of the most eclectic and thought- provoking works to have been released in recent times. This text was published by.

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View all 7 comments. Let’s face it, memoirs with crazy, alcoholic mothers are a dime a dozen. Alas, although Mishna finds herself with children who have the same skin tone, she is still an outsider. Some felt that the book’s message about race diminished as she talked more of class bj through her experiences. Mishna learned how to watch herself and keep herself in line and when she didn’t she normally knew the right decision, she just chose not to make wolrf. What happened in high school?

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These kids tear her apart just as much as the black children in her neighborhood did because she is poor and k as well off as the rest of them. Misnha never fit in, she was treated like crap, she stood in the shadow of her younger sister, who always was “down” and could do no wrong and her dad treated her kinda crappy. But she finds an escape for misyna increasingly difficult home life at her friends’ homes. I think that it was a very well-written book. I believe that she may have stayed in wolfc black neighborhood but she didn’t LIVE in a black neighborhood.

But just as Mishna begins to fit in at the neighborhood, her mom steps in and gets her transferred to a school for gifted children. Wolff describes how she unapologetically latched onto her rich classmates in order to take advantage of their ski trips and European vacations and palatial beachfront homes full of sleek electronics and fully stocked kitchens, only to discard the same girls with contempt once they had served misshna purposes.

Just as she had thought, the kids in Mishna’s new school tease and make fun of her ways of speaking, and Mishna feels highly intimidated by the spoiled preps she is constantly surrounded by. No cleanup reason has been specified. Her writing just didn’t reflect it.


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Everything about this book pissed me off! It seems to me that when the author was telling her “story” she picked out the worst things in her father to describe to show how “black” he was. She becomes worried that her dad will not make it across the lake and decides to sacrifice her chance to swim so that he won’t tire himself out trying to keep up with her.

This was a book from my personal collection. Arguments erupt, Mishna continues to subjugate herself, hoping to appease, and continues to fail. Often the two are intertwined simply because of the history of the nature of our relationship with each other and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.

It’s a very interesting view of the cultural divide between black and white in the US. Not because she was white, but because she was poor.

Sep 15, Alaska rated it it was ok.

It almost sounded as if she was telling someone else’s story, not hers. Obviously, this author turned out ok. She is also curiously silent on her father’s true ethnicity – although it is clear as bell, based on everything from his photos in the book, to the area’s demographics his family was from the Seattle neighborhood of Rainier Valley, wolf, before it was a black neighborhood, was a Mlshna oneto Mishna’s own name. Many of the things that black families are trying to overcome are hysterical to this author Mishna also has a great moral compass and has a difficult time watching her sister, who has many more friends than she does and the approval of their father-which she doan for – make bad decisions over and over.

Now I do understand not fitting in with your community and being moved to wwolff schools to be challenged and people’s attitudes toward you when this happens. Book Overview Mishna Wolff was born to white hippie parents in Vermont.

Nothing about this story was funny. Tt’s not like she connected to the people in her neighborhood AT ALL, so I don’t feel like she was torn between two races, which is what the book is publicized as being about, as much u she was torn between her impoverished family and the private school she attended for smart white kids.

Since then, there have been many memoirs, both published and unpublished, that have proven to be false. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. I was always sort of embarrassed but also sort of never fit in and didn’t want to be made fun of because unlike Mishna, I didn’t dow, I didn’t cap, I didn’t do anything to insert myself. It’s hard to find the right words to describe this book.


Central District stars in Mishna Wolff’s “I’m Down” (warning: not music)

She was merely dealing with the things that life threw at her the best way that she knew how. And just when she was starting mizhna get the hang of inner-city style “cappin'” an activity an earlier generation called “playing the dozens”Mishna was forced to change schools to be among her “gifted” peers. I just don’t think the story is what it is billed as. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But, increasingly, her aspirations and dreams drive her to move in with her biological mother.

It was a quick read. The book is snort your coke funny in places. Sep 12, LibraryCin rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of the best memoirists I’m thinking of Mary Karr and Jeannette Walls are able to recognize and write eloquently about both the comedy and the tragedy of their lives—thereby creating a piece of writing that fully describes and embraces the human condition. I hated this book so much.

In some ways, her experience featured a lot of the typical b. Yvonne also accuses Mishna of being a racist and that really hits Mishna hard because she doesn’t see herself as one but Yvonne’s persistence begins to convince her of otherwise.

Aolff Wolff is a little girl growing up in two households of divorced parents with two very different personalities and cultures. It’s also reminsicient of Jeanette Wall’s The Glass Castle, where don fantastically accomplished woman lingers over the memory of her childhood poverty in a way that seems a tiny bit off-putting.

It gets one star. Although I’m glad she was able to find comedy in her upbringing, I feel she owes it to the reader and herself to find the truth of her family life.