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ISBN: 1413741614

ISBN13: 9781413741612

The Secret Life of a Black Trophy Wife : A Cultural Autobiography

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The Secret Life of a Black Trophy Wife is my response to the past two decades of negative media stereotypes that seem to define people of color. Contrary to popular belief, although many people of African-American descent did live in neighborhoods limited racially by segregation, most of us did not live in socially dysfunctional ghettos consumed by lives of crime. We live regular lives in cities, on farms and in small towns. I was a Girl Scout until...

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No Secret -- A very good book from a talented writer...

After reading an excerpt from this book on the author's web page, I became intrigued and immediately bought a copy. Mrs. Rappaport then captured my attention from the first page until the last and I longed to read more of her fascinating account of the lives of her ancestors as well as that of her own life. Although I'll admit there has not been an autobiography I haven't enjoyed reading to date, I particularly enjoyed this one. Mrs. Rappaport and I may be of different skin colors but I was able to relate to her book and to her story - and that is exactly her point in writing this book. "The Secret Life Of A Black Trophy Wife" is meant to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes one may have, growing up in a segregated or limitedly-viewed world. Hers is a story that is important to tell because it serves as a reminder that as a people, we are all basically the same at our core, having the same needs, striving for the same goals. Yet when segregated, not knowing our neighbor of a different culture, differences can become magnified, leading to prejudiced or suspicious nature. Prejudice was far from Mrs. Rappaport's mind, growing up with friends and neighbors of many nationalities and cultures. Her parents were professionals, well-to-do by any standards, well respected and mingled with many of the movers-and-shakers of that community. Amid her own life, Mrs. Rappaport weaves vivid accounts of many lives, going back to the ancestry of her great grandparents, each one fascinating, compelling and some extremely impressive. Throughout her book, Mrs. Rappaport includes well-researched history of the times, including that of the infamous hurricane disaster in Galveston, TX in 1900. Also included throughout, that I wished to read more of, are her brief commentaries. She writes with candor, keenly-sighted but with an empathic compassion also knowing how to sprinkle a bit of humor in the mix. I found her book to be easy to read yet flowing with the wide vocabulary known in a good writer. With the many thought-provoking points Mrs. Rappaport has made and the fact that I enjoy her writing style, I not only recommend this book but I also look forward to any other books she may publish.
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