Humorist and former model Wolff details her childhood growing up in an all-black Seattle neighborhood with a white father who wanted to be. I wrote a book review of “I’m Down” by Mishna Wolff. It’s a memoir about a super- white kid growing up in pre-gentrification Central District. A memoir by Mishna Wolff, I’m Down is one of the most eclectic and thought- provoking works to have been released in recent times. This text was published by.

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Mishna Wolff’s reading of the audiobook was very good dolff she’s really funny odwn I have to say that this audiobook has some of the worst sound I’ve ever heard on an audiobook. Everything about this book pissed me off! Nov 11, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Stick to modeling, mishna.

It’s funny, sad, and short, and I liked the way it covered themes of race and class. The pressure of seeing what lives her school friends have set up for them gives Mishna unrealistic ideas of how life works.

His attitude towards his daughters and how he let his women treat his daughters was not funny.

Navigating her way through these waters – living in one world and going to school in another – Mishna Wolff emerged with a strong sense of self and a gift for recalling how it feels to be a kid. I grew up in the projects but didn’t feel “poor”, NEVER went wopff and was never in the neighborhood day camp.

I’M DOWN by Mishna Wolff | Kirkus Reviews

Even her father, in a lovingly told final episode, gave her what she most wanted—his acceptance. However, J has a hard time finding her place in the neighborhood hierarchy of kids. Lists with This Book.

One wonders why her father was trying so hard to escape his real ethnic and religious background he insisted on the family attending black Baptist churchesbut this is left entirely out of the story. There may be embellishments, but moshna it so absurd dowb a White man to “act Black” and have it be who he really is? This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat I can’t say I enjoyed it in any way. Retrieved from ” https: Mishna has trouble dealing with bullying from her peers, meeting the expectations her father sets for her no matter how unusual they seemthe pressure she puts on herself, and learning who she is while society is pushing and pulling her into what they want her to be.


Jun 22, Lillian rated it really liked it Shelves: Wolff tells the story of her upbringing with amazing humor and calm. The way the book wraps up tells me that Wolff wrote this in part to come to terms with her father, but her largely negative portrayal of him speaks msihna to how furious she is with him still, on some deep level. Deftly and hilariously delineates the American drama of race and class for one little girl.

But, if these things are happening to you, then of course you’re going to spin them with your own interpretation. Lucky it was a quick read! The little commentary at the end by her father was the most disgusting part, and it would be 1 if I thought it technically counted as part of wopff novel.

In some ways, her experience featured a lot of the typical b. mishan

I really liked this book. Mishna Wolff is a little girl growing up in two households of divorced parents with two very different personalities and cultures.

I read this book cover to cover in one day. Xown deals with trying to fit in no matter where she goes, whether it is day-care, elementary school, sports or her mihsna home. When Dominique stops coming around the Wolff household and they stop going over to her bh, Mishna wonders what’s happened to her.

View all 7 comments. Mishna left out crucial details of time spent with mother on weekends after the divorce. I tried and tried to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. Mishna’s head is slightly in the clouds because she is only exposed to these two extremes, so she doesn’t see the other possibilities that are in store for her.

While Anora’s life was all double-dutch smooth sailing, Mishna couldn’t seem to fit in no matter how hard she tried.


I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

Feb 02, Mel rated it liked it. Not because she was white, but because she was poor. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

On one hand, parts of the book were very funny and Mishna’s story is unique. If it is vown, great. She doan also curiously silent on her father’s true ethnicity – although it is clear as bell, based on everything from his photos in the book, to the area’s demographics his family was from the Seattle neighborhood of Rainier Valley, which, before it was a black neighborhood, was a Jewish oneto Mishna’s own name.


Although the book is written in a comic and almost breezy tone, much of Mishna’s story is characterized by neglect and perhaps even abuse. The memoir, such as it is, has a couple of problems.

I felt like the story was more about class than it was about race. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story. Some of the best memoirists I’m byy of Mary Karr and Jeannette Walls are able to recognize and write eloquently about both the comedy and the tragedy of their lives—thereby creating a piece of writing that fully u and embraces the human condition.

Feeling she has found her place in the world at last, Mishna is excited—even thought attending the school means a long commute on city buses. Eh, it was only okay. Wooff trivia or quizzes yet. Wolff speculates little on where his intense need to be black came from or why he had so much trouble holding down a job.

Her father, however, grew up with black friends in a black neighborhood and basically grew up black.

Throughout the book, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.