Memoir of racist past is only 'Skin' deep

April 13, 2015 8:39 PM

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Award-winning novelist Jim Grimsley (Winter Birds) clearly was determined to spin a quiet non-fiction tale about the American South's unquiet era of integration. That he has succeeded in his aim with this very muted memoir proves a marginally mixed blessing.

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood (**1/2 out of four) approaches integration from a stealth perspective that promises something revelatory. Rather than focus on brutish white racists on the bloody side of the southern divide, or on black strivers and their str...

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