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Julie Lythcott-Haims: Real American: A Memoir

Enoch Pratt Free Library

A fearless debut memoir in which author of the New York Times bestselling, How to Raise an Adult, shares recollections of growing up a biracial black woman in America.


Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called "micro" aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person's inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other."


Julie Lythcott Haims served as dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and resides in the Bay Area with her husband, their two teenagers and her mother.






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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm


Enoch Pratt Free Library, African American Department
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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