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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She has a harder time watching her sister being praised for them instead of punished, which is what Mishna finds appropriate.

Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. Finding little to none of the comedic relief I dow searching for, the book just kept getting more and more anxiety-inducing.

I liked that eventually she view spoiler [ said eff it and moved out and decided to do her own thing.


Her father, a charismatic man who seemed to fit utterly smoothly into the African-American community, still remains a mystery to me. I was shown the book by a good friend at work, and we though it looked funny. It’s a A memoir by a woman who grew up in Seattle in the ’80s, raised by a white father who truly seemed to think he was black. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This girl thinks the only abnormal thing about her childhood was her dads bad perm.

Having divorced parents, Mishna and her sister lived mostly with their father and stayed with their mother on the weekends. I had a lot of friends, and a lot of bruises. For anyone who has spent time living in those environs, black or white, I suspect this memoir would hold interest and humor.


Mishna learns, slowly but surely, that materials aren’t everything and there are different kind of problems other than being hungry and being poor. I was always sort of embarrassed but also sort of never fit in and didn’t want to be made fun of because unlike Mishna, I didn’t fight, I didn’t cap, I didn’t do anything to insert myself.

I hope she doesn’t “cap” me. His womanizing and lack of work ethic were not funny. Jan 31, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Often the two are intertwined simply because of the history of the nature of our relationship with each other and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. The other thing was that the book ended too soon. Mishna relays what rings to me as an honest account of growing up poor, but misnha in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood and the skills she adopted in the numerous challenging situations she endured that allowed her to become a champion mizhna life.

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She only sees the extremes: Would be a good summer read. Mishba Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood with her single father, a white man who truly believed he was black. One of fown many irritating things about memoir as a genre is the way it makes special claims for itself, the way it seems to be criticism-proof.

Deftly and hilariously delineates the American drama of race and class for one little girl.

Her father is practically ashamed of her for being intelligent, and my brain nearly exploded from irritation throughout the first misha chapters. No cleanup reason has been specified.


These two kids should have been bonding over the fact that none of their parents seemed to give a fuck about them, but instead mishna looks down her nose at the girl because she thinks anyone who owns two TVs has no right to feel sad.

If it isn’t true, great. Quotes from I’m Down. It seems the difference is more to do with class and opportunity and that this book is about being poor and black as opposed to rich and white. From her perspective, no adult and no other child in her life has even bothered to try to figure out why she does the weird and out of place things she does, or even to make sure she has something to eat. Mishna spins this anecdote around into a criticism of her step mother. It’s very sharply observed and her turn of phrase can be brilliant.

Wolff describes how she unapologetically latched onto her rich classmates in order to take advantage of their ski trips and European vacations and palatial beachfront homes full of sleek electronics and fully stocked kitchens, only to discard the same girls with contempt once they had served her purposes.

I’m glad Mishna Dpwn wrote about the uncommon story of her childhood, though I don’t feel like I got enough of it. Once she befriended people at her new school the kids Well, I read this in one day, so it must be pretty good