Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-up Black Woman

Jill Nelson — whose last book, Volunteer Slavery, chronicled her experiences as the first female black staffer at The Washington Post Magazine — is furious at the whole ”dying white culture” and the black one that accepts it, and this is her call to arms, her tale of meeting her anger head-on and embracing it like a long lost alter ego. Half memoir, half polemic, Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman includes personal details of her flirtation with ’60s radicalism and her experience as a single mother, as well as more academic screeds against the media and the Million Man March. However, the personal is at best used in the service of the political, and both are ultimately overwhelmed by the emotional. B