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One Drop

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One Drop

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In Season
Bliss Broyard
Little, Brown and Company
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B+

Just before the 1990 death of her father, New York Times book critic Anatole Broyard, Bliss Broyard learned his deepest secret: Her father was part black. Later, she discovered how far he had gone to conceal his racial identity. He began ”passing” for white while at Brooklyn College before WWII and never looked back, even concealing his mother and sisters from his own children. Broyard’s investigation — including a history of interracial marriage and passing — is powerful and often moving, marred only by One Drop‘s occasional wordiness and a lamentable fictionalized scene of her father applying for a Social Security card. B+