Black Berry Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada

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Black Berry Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada

by Lawrence Hill

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | August 23, 2001 | Hardcover

Black Berry Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
In 1997, Lawrence Hill wrote a masterful novel detailing the multi-generational story of a Canadian man, the product of a black father and white mother. Any Known Blood was a critical and commercial success, receiving terrific reviews and making national bestseller lists. Now Hill, who is also the child of a mixed-race marriage between two prominent human rights activists, takes his intimate knowledge, insightful understanding and a voice powered by candor and dry wit, to the pages of Black Berry, Sweet Juice, the first book to look at what it's like to be both black and white in Canada today.

This is his story of growing up in the sixties in Don Mills, at the time a whiter-than-white Toronto suburb. It's the fascinating history of Hills parents' background, how a white woman from South Dakota married a black American, both eventually moving to Ontario. It's the evolving exploration of a man in search of his identity -- as a boy, as neither black nor white. It is also a provocative social analysis that examines contemporary Canadian racial issues through history, current cases and a series of interviews with people of mixed race: Is Canada, from a mixed race perspective, really the True North, Strong and Free? Why is there still hostility towards romantic relationships between black and white people in Canada? And why is it many Canadians know more about blacks in America than in our own country?

Hill isn't afraid to tackle the big issues, his often irreverent humor deftly exploding more than a few stereotyped notions. A book that is keenly and sharply reflective, Black Berry, Sweet Juice presents a tellin picture of the true nature of Canadian color.

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 23, 2001

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002000202

ISBN - 13: 9780002000208

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for every Canadian This frank, honest, no-nonsense look at race-relations and personal growth is a fantastic look into a point-of-view unknown to me. As a white Canadian woman, it was facinating to read thoughts and perspectives from Hill, a black man born of a white woman and black man. Alot of what he said shook me up. For example, when he described the favourite pasttime of Canadians (Guess the Race), I was both in awe and ashamed, for I have found myself, on many occasions, partaking in the Question myself. It made me aware of my own close-mindedness, my own ignorance, when it came to people and Canadians who are not white like I am. it was a bucket of cold water, let me tell you, and one I sorely needed. A fantastic, readable, and insightful read. Truly underrated.
Date published: 2008-08-12

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Black Berry Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada

by Lawrence Hill

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 23, 2001

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002000202

ISBN - 13: 9780002000208

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In 1997, Lawrence Hill wrote a masterful novel detailing the multi-generational story of a Canadian man, the product of a black father and white mother. Any Known Blood was a critical and commercial success, receiving terrific reviews and making national bestseller lists. Now Hill, who is also the child of a mixed-race marriage between two prominent human rights activists, takes his intimate knowledge, insightful understanding and a voice powered by candor and dry wit, to the pages of Black Berry, Sweet Juice, the first book to look at what it's like to be both black and white in Canada today.

This is his story of growing up in the sixties in Don Mills, at the time a whiter-than-white Toronto suburb. It's the fascinating history of Hills parents' background, how a white woman from South Dakota married a black American, both eventually moving to Ontario. It's the evolving exploration of a man in search of his identity -- as a boy, as neither black nor white. It is also a provocative social analysis that examines contemporary Canadian racial issues through history, current cases and a series of interviews with people of mixed race: Is Canada, from a mixed race perspective, really the True North, Strong and Free? Why is there still hostility towards romantic relationships between black and white people in Canada? And why is it many Canadians know more about blacks in America than in our own country?

Hill isn't afraid to tackle the big issues, his often irreverent humor deftly exploding more than a few stereotyped notions. A book that is keenly and sharply reflective, Black Berry, Sweet Juice presents a tellin picture of the true nature of Canadian color.