Under Her Skin

How Girls Experience Race in America

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$15.95 USD
November 2004
302 pages
6" x 9"
First Edition
Trade Paper Original

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ISBN: 9781580051170

Under Her Skin

How Girls Experience Race in America

By Pooja Makhijani (editor)

$15.95 USD, Trade Paper Original, November 2004

Not since Scout relayed her innocent, yet stark, fictional awakening to racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird has the influence of race on the world of children been painted with such delicate clarity as in this collection. Including the perspectives of women of color, white women, and those caught in between, Under Her Skin traces themes related to double lives, fear, envy, lineage, and family, broadening our understanding of the often-painful subject of racial difference.

Essays include the reflections of a woman whose girlhood is spent deciphering levels of oppression—from her Jewish family’s internment in the camps to her own treatment of their African-American maids; a radical parallel forged between a half-Nigerian narrator and three generations of Finnish male immigrants whom she claims as kin; and the startling connection of a white fourteen-year-old to Emmett Till through the photograph found on his lifeless body.

The first book of its kind to include the impact of racial awareness on women of all colors, Under Her Skin embodies a vital and unique contribution to the national discussion on race.

About Pooja Makhijani (editor)

Pooja Makhijani has written for the New York Times, Village Voice, Newark Star-Ledger, and Time Out New York, among other publications, and her essays have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Women Who Eat. Makhijani is currently an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in New Jersey.