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Of Many Colors:  Portraits of Multiracial Families Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families by Gigi Kaeser
     University of Massachusetts Press, 1997; paperback, 160 pages.
Of Many Colors, based on an award-winning photo exhibit, is a very touching and very real look into the lives of a number of multracial families of a wide variety of kinds, from single mothers to extended families, including interviews with family members (including children) and beautiful photographs. A must-have for anyone interested in multracial families.

Black, White, Other:  Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity by Lise Funderberg
     Quill, 1995; paperback.
Lise Funderberg, as a multiracial person herself, interviews forty-six mixed-race Americans in a very touching look at "just how artificial, how socially constructed, our concept of race is to begin with."

I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla:  Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World by Marguerite A. Wright
     Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998; hardcover, 256 pages.
A guide for teachers and parents of black and biracial children gives concrete advice on boosting self-esteem, shattering myths about race, and offering children positive racial identities.

Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness:  Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons by Jane Lazarre
     Duke University Press, 1997; paperback, 168 pags.
Novelist Jane Lazarre gives an account of interracial marriage and motherhood. About this book, the famed Alice Walker writes: "An important affirmation of a white woman's love of her black sons, Jane Lazarre, warrior mom, has crossed over."

I Call You Friend:  Four Women's Stories of Race, Faith, and Friendship I Call You Friend: Four Women's Stories of Race, Faith, and Friendship by Pamela Toussaint & Jo Kadlecek
     Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999; paperback, 192 pages.
"I Call You Friend reveals an America that is seldom seen in the papers or on the talk show circuit. As the authors share, the stories reflect on actual encounters, ask hard questions and describe their combined experiences -- both good and bad -- in black and white America."

Half and Half:  Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural by Claudine C. O'Hearn
     Pantheon Books, 1998; paperback, 224 pages.
An excellent collection of essays by a number of significant writers in American on the experience of being biracial and bicultural.

What Are You?:  Voices of Mixed-Race Young People What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
     Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1999; hardcover, 192 pages.
Pearl Fuyo Gaskins interviews 45 young adults on what it means to be mixed-race in America today, written to speak to young adults.

Forbidden Love:  The Secret History of Mixed Race America Forbidden Love: The Secret History of Mixed Race America by Gary B. Nash
     Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1999; hardcover, 192 pages.
A history of mixed-race Americans from colonial times to the present aimed at yong adults.

In the Shadow of Race:  Growing Up As a Multiethnic, Multicultural, and In the Shadow of Race: Growing Up As a Multiethnic, Multicultural, and "Multiracial" American by Teja Arboleda
     Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998; paperback, 280 pages.
"An engaging odyssey of an individual coming to terms with personal, family, and social identity. This is more than one person's experience, however, because Teja's story is the quintessential Amercian dilemma, perhaps with more wrinkles than most. It is a story of the heartbreak and promise of the American dream."
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