• Black Ice

Black Ice

Black Ice

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  • Author
    Lorene Cary
  • Publisher
    Vintage
  • Publication date
    29 December 2010

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Black Ice

  • Author

    Lorene Cary

  • Date Published

    29 December 2010

  • Publisher

    Vintage

  • Pages

    256 pages

  • ISBN

    9780307778475

Book Description

In 1972 Lorene Cary, a bright, ambitious black teenager from Philadelphia, was transplanted into the formerly all-white, all-male environs of the elite St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, where she became a scholarship student in a "boot camp" for future American leaders.  Like any good student, she was determined to succeed.  But Cary was also determined to succeed without selling out.  This wonderfully frank and perceptive memoir describes the perils and ambiguities of that double role, in which failing calculus and winning a student election could both be interpreted as betrayals of one's skin.  Black Ice is also a universally recognizable document of a woman's adolescence; it is, as Houston Baker says, "a journey into selfhood that resonates with sober reflection, intellignet passion, and joyous love."

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