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Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After Paperback – September 18, 2012
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Lisa Ling, Oprah correspondent and author of Somewhere Inside
Just because genetic admixture enhances the health of a population doesn't mean it is easy for the human beings who choose to build mixed families to create a sane healthy environment for the children of these unions who themselves must venture in to a world colored by the ancient cultural values of their parents' families and the prejudices of the present day. Diane Farr creates a smart, fun but unblemished look at this reality from the perspective of a woman who has been one of these courageous souls and lives this challenge daily.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky, MD, Celebrity Rehab
Farr has three kids and still found time to write a pee-yourself funny examination of inter-racial love. I hate her.”
Julie Bowen, actress, Modern Family
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That's why this is such a needed book; a candid exploration of multi-ethnic/racial/religious/what-have-you love from an author who has fought her way from one side of the debate to the other. Though inter-racial love is hardly a novel phenomenon, the complexities that arise through cultural differences over the full course of a relationship have never been examined with as much detail or entertainment as they are here. As Farr stumbles her way through love, marriage, and childrearing she consults a wide spectrum of bi-racial/ethnic/religious couples and children to help inform and inspire her decisions. Those stories are woven into her own narrative such that by the end of the book, one husband and three children later, we have not only the personal story of an American woman, but also the story of America itself in the 21st century.
A truly eye opening and still much needed discussion on the state of race relations. But also hilarious!
However I am sorry to say I didn't enjoy the interludes where Diane interviewed other interractial couples (whom she got in contact with from her friends). While I can understand why she felt the need to include these I just felt like it detracted from the far more interesting story of Diane's romance with Seung. I also wished that Seung's POV could've somehow be included in this memoir. Being a asian male myself I would've liked to have known his feelings on dating a white woman (a actress no less) considering all the stereotypes about asian men in America.
Finally I didn't like the cover as I felt it didn't convey what the book was about. Why not a nice photo of Diane and Seung on the cover.
Overall though I enjoyed the book and hope Diane writes another one, maybe about raising interracial kids?
I was able to really sink into this book as a white woman about to marry a Korean man and it was a quick and engaging read. I had only one complaint... the Epilogue got a bit wordy in the middle but is worth pushing through because the closing left me beaming!
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I am a big fan of Diane Farr; I especially enjoyed her work in “Num3ers” TV series. The book starts well enough, but as so many autobiographies do, it sort of bogs down a bit... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can relate to this read and found it to be such an interesting story.Published 5 months ago by Devika Primic
I wish I would have read this book six months ago. I've been dating a Chinese man now for over a year and we are getting married in a few months. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Briya
I loved Diane Farr's humor, her honesty, the reality of intercultural relationship problems well written by a journalist. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Harriet Cannon, author of Mixed Blessings: A guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships
This is one of the most honest accounts of interracial dating in America that I've come across -- and even better, it's a fun book to read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jocelyn E.
I was really looking forward to reading this book for its first-hand account of an intimate interracial relationship but I was really let down by the time I got to the end. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kenn Caesius
A book from my favorite actress that depicts reality in a way that isn't...harsh. This book is amazing and I have recommended it to all of my friends.Published on April 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
As an Asian American male, I'm very interested in race relations and how this plays out in the dating scene. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by BDub