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Not So Black and White Paperback – June 12, 2012
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Though there are many issues within, Not So black And White is so beautifully balanced, and each facet feels important and necessary. I am reading this book AGAIN; chewing over the many poetic, descriptive morsels the authors spills out across the pages.
Alexis Wilson has the fantastic ability of allowing you to feel, very personally, a part of her experience. From the little girl recalling the complexity of emotions as she listened, observing the strange and secret sounds coming from her father's room in the middle of the night, or the discovery of what her mother had been up to after she abandoned her children; to the woman, disciplined by dance, fashioned through unconventional love: strong, capable, wounded yet ferociously loyal to the end.
I found it surprising, that all of these worlds I was reading about and had never known in my own experience, felt suddenly important.
This is not just a story about a broken family who experienced much. It is a tribute to an outstanding father, a devotion to those fallen from AIDS, and a nod to the darkness without which we would not recognize the light.
This is the story of recognizing love, even when it's not spoken the way you would speak it; appreciating family, even when it doesn't look like what you had imagined; discovering yourself in a world of stigmas, and being victorious over the victim within.
I highly recommend!
The sights, the smells and experiences make for a great novel filled with trials, tribulations and above all, LOVE.
This journey is not only unique but what makes it so personal to the readers is that this journey was real. The people involved including Alexis really were bonded and their relationships were almost destined.
Not so Black and White is an amazing story of a young woman and her courage to take this life bestowed upon her and make it shine. Despite set backs and heartache the strength to move forward is what brings the reader in and reminds us all that we are not so different frome one another.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautifully written, gracefully told story of the pain and triumph of a journey through an "unconventional" life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Debra James Tucker
What a wonderful book. Alexis Wilson, you are a brilliant writer!! I am so proud of you!Published 10 months ago by Denyce
A well written memoir that will keep you riveted to read "one more chapter." Alexis Wilson is, indeed, a gifted writer. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Jo
It is rare to find a book that is not only highly informative but also packed with emotion. Not So Black and White offers the reader insight to a world most of us see only from a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Cormany
A truly heartfelt and honest work. I sat on that plane with her through the memories, challenges, successes, laughter and tears. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sonia BasSheva Manjon, PhD
Not So Black and White captured my mind, heart and soul! Alexis' skill in bringing us into her life at an early age and holding us there to adulthood is awe-inspiring. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Helen Cain Jackson
Alexis Wilson's book Not So Black And White brings to mind the limitations of society's ideas about race, gender roles and family. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clover Mathis
Not So Black and White is a must read. Ms. Wilson's story is a triumph . What a journey. This book is truly inspirational. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Natalie C.