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Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider Paperback – March 1, 2008


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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage; First Trade Paper Edition edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596923113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596923119
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential reading for understanding race relations.
Brett A. Brown
I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to understand a new perspective, or anyone who simply enjoys a good read.
CMorrissey
If you ever decide to tell her story I'm sure people would listen.
David M.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 13, 2011
This is a great book! Mr. Copeland does a wonderful job of letting people get a real view of what life was like for black people in San Leandro in the 1970's. It is candid, open, honest, funny and sad. He talks about real life and real life issues. It's a great, easy, valuable and enjoyable read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lidja on December 8, 2008
This is an excellent book in so many ways. Copeland does a great job keeping the book personal and universal at the same time. Anyone (Everyone?) who has ever felt different will be able to relate to the stories he tells, for the stories are really about being the outsider, not just being a member of a minority race. The book is divided up very well - short chapters that relate specific vignettes give the reader frequent opportunities to pause and reflect about how s/he would have felt in a similar situation. There is an interesting interplay between Brian's own memories and experiences and how they connect (or disconnect) to the documented history of the community. Not only do we get an insider's view of the challenges of being a black male in society, but we also get glimpses into the challenges of mental illness, elitism, fame, bureaucracy, commerce, and parenthood. It is a very interesting read! Thank you Brian, for being so frank and willing to share some difficult personal experiences.

BTW, I thought the discussion questions for readers at the back of the tome were totally lame. For you book group leaders, dump those questions and focus on the rich and genuine (ha) anecdotes in the book - there are plenty of topics and ideas in the book that are far more interesting than the pathetic bologna in that appendix! :-)
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I grew up in SL, arrived there in 1973. Being white, I fortunately did not have to go through the experiences that Brian did, and I hope to Hell after reading his book that I did not contribute to his (or others like him) horrible experiences. His book opened my eyes and unveiled my (mostly) ignorance of my hometown. Since I will probably be going back there to live soon, after traveling the world for 30 years, I'm glad that he and folks like him have made it a better and more cosmopolitan place to live. I think he is incredibly brave for writing this book and sharing his experiences with the world.
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Essential reading for understanding race relations. The online classroom support is great. It needs to be mentioned on the site that the book is written at a 7th grade reading level. The chapters are an excellent length for making into assignments. Brian should publish chapter one on the site for interested viewers to see - they will realize what a goldmine it is!
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This book honestly helped me understand the struggles my husband has been through. As the white half of an interracial family, I can only strive to understand the pressures and multiple faces he has had to wear to succeed and thrive in our society.

The author is humble without coming off as a martyr. He is funny without making light of the serious issues he brings to the table. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to understand a new perspective, or anyone who simply enjoys a good read.
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