White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing by Gail Lukasik

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In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother's decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother's fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother's racial lineage, tracing her family back to eighteenth-century colonial Louisiana. In coming to terms with her decision to publicly out her mother, Gail changed how she looks at race and heritage.

With a foreword written by Kenyatta Berry, host of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, this unique and fascinating story of coming to terms with oneself breaks down barriers.

Title : White Like Her: My Family's Story of Race and Racial Passing
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ISBN : 1510724125
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 316 pages


Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2017

During the 1960's I was active in the Civil Rights movement. I've always been involved in social and economic justice issues. In 2o13, prior to visiting Eastern Europe, I began to search my roots, hoping to discover unknown relatives in Hungary. While I was unsuccessful in that endeavor, the exer...

Stephany rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2017

Like many other people, I saw the author on Genealogy Roadshow and was elated to find she'd written a book, giving us more of the story. I tore through this in three days. I have always been curious about mixed race people who made the gut wrenching decision to pass the way Lukasik's mother did....

Debra rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017

Really liked her story. Made me reexamine my own unconsciousness about bigotry. I don't feel like I'm racist; however, I don't know what it is like to be black. I am white and not mixed. But I do have mixed races in my family - African and Hispanic. I was raised in the South during tumultuous tim...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

January 07, 2018

I confess to being a history junkie with a fondness for genealogy, but Gail Lukasik’s book is positively fascinating. On a quest to find out more about her close-mouthed mother’s family, she discovers that her mother is mixed-race, and has lived her life passing as white. Wanting to learn more bu...

Sonia rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2017

What would you do if you found out that you belonged to a different race from the one you'd be raised as all your life? Who and what determines what race you are, anyway? Gail Lukasik's thought-provoking family memoir sheds light on her family's past as she uncovers her mother's racial passing in...

Catherine rated it ★★★★☆

February 01, 2018

With the boom in readily accessible home genetic testing kits, this story is a must-read. Author Gail Lukasik discovers a hidden family link, later confirming it with extensive genealogical research and a genetic test. Her mother passed for white as a young woman, leaving behind an extended famil...

Suzanne Foumal rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2017

Touching I was overcome with emotion reading this book. It touched so many of my own needs for a connection with family, that until I was over sixty years old didn't know I had. I am so glad that the author got that privilege. I suggest anyone who has an interest in genealogy to read this book. I...

Mona rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2017

Great book! Loved it.

Becky rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2018

I chose to read White Like Her... by Gail Lukasik after reading a review in the Silicon Valley Mercury News. White Like Her... tells the story of Gail's search for her roots after uncovering the fact that her mother spent her life "passing" as a white woman living in the North after leaving her f...

Jo rated it ★★★☆☆

January 30, 2018

I am torn regarding my opinion of this book. I can be cynical and viewed the book that way. I was asked to read it for my book club and would not have picked this story on my own. But I also could empathize with the author's need to learn her own family history and not being able to from her own...

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