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cover of the vanishing half by brit bennett

The Vanishing Half

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

Author

Britt Bennett

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Winter 2020 Exploration Track

In Search of Our Mothers' Garden

 Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, and feminist, in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Here are essays about Walker’s own work and that of other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid, courageous memoir of a scarring childhood injury. Throughout the volume, Walker explores the theories and practices of feminists and feminism, incorporating what she calls the “womanist” tradition of black women.

We will be reading a selection of the following essays:
  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden (title essay)
  • To the Black Scholar
  • Beauty: When the other dancer is the self
  • If the Present Looks Like the Past

Author

Alice Walker

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