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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While Anora’s life was all double-dutch smooth sailing, Mishna couldn’t seem to fit in no matter how hard she tried. When she returns home to her father and his many girlfriends and potential wives, she suppresses her school side to impress her father, while at her mom’s house and at school she suppresses her neighborhood life to appeal to her mother.

With the fire of a thousand suns, hate. I’m Down is in many ways a catalogue of misplaced emphases and wwolff literary effects the prose, for one thing, is flat and clumsy, and the humor feels strained in the way that stand-up routines transferred donw the page usually dobut one doesn’t feel quite right blaming Mishna Wolff for this, exactly.

O other, bigger problem with the memoir is that Wolff seems mad as hell–at her father, mainly–and grapples with keeping a lid on her anger hard. Her father, a charismatic man who seemed to fit utterly smoothly into the African-American community, still remains a mystery to me. Mishna, in mihna, had a hard time fitting in when she was young.

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When her parents divorce shortly after, she and her younger sister stay with their father while their mother deals with life as it is. Who could have seen that coming? This is something children of divorced parents might have to deal with over time but this was just another weight on Mixhna shoulders.


It kept me hooked throughout but left me with many questions. I’ve not read a memoir with this point of view before. As Mishna leaves to go back home with dkwn mother she notices a look in her dad’s eyes that shows her that he has always and will always love her. Jun 22, Joshua rated it really liked it. His attitude towards his daughters and how he let his women treat his daughters was not funny.

Once she befriended people at her new school the kids Well, I read this in one day, o it must be pretty good Mishna Wolff gives an honest accounting of a rather remarkably mixed-up time in her life.

It is a weirdly profound little tale told from a kid’s-eye-view. The dad was an ass, a piece of crap who didn’t raise his children properly, who’s ego was out of control. Realizing she can never be all, she leaves to live with her mother, finding a new peace and outlook on life.

The little commentary at the end by her father was the most disgusting part, and it would be 1 if I thought it technically counted as part of the novel. In the meantime, she joins a swim team and soon excels at the breaststroke. Mishna learned how to watch herself and keep herself wolfff line wolfr when she didn’t she normally knew the right decision, she just chose not to make it. The pressure of seeing what lives her school friends have set up for them gives Mishna unrealistic ideas of how life works.

Many of the things that black families are trying to overcome are hysterical to this author This book is fascinating and mesmerizing.

But she finds an escape for her increasingly difficult home life at her friends’ homes. View all 7 comments. Wolff does a beautiful job capturing the vulnerability of being a kid; she makes the reader feel keenly the moments of painful embarrassment she I read this book cover to cover in one day.


I’m Down (book)

Wisdom enters with the realization that even rich kids have messed up lives and she needs to own her own, center herself, to attain any goals she holds.

However, other than that I was a little disappointed by the writing and expected it to be more complex. 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 wouldn’t describe her father as someone who wants to be Black, but as a man who wants to be himself and the him that he is happens to enjoy chicken gizzards.

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In fact, now I want to curl up in a ball and cry for a little while. I would like to have read more about her life beyond the point where the book stops. If you read this shit and gave it more than three stars you should be put on some kind of federal watchlist and banned from ever raising children. It doesn’t cover quite the same time-span as GC but it is packed with similar elements; the well-intentioned but misguided parents, the poverty, the confusion that comes with growing up, and ultimately figuring some things out despite a million obstacles.

Filled with much the same parents, sibling adoration, smack-yourself-in-the-head situations and financial deprivation, it is inspiring to see her win in the end.