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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I saw no humor, the child was brought up white in a black neighborhood, never fit in, was sent to an all white school where wealth was prominent and thus she didn’t fit in there either. And poor wolfd knows no cultural, financial or racial boundary; the neglect of children is surprising and upsetting.

Those who think so are the very people she mentions in the latter half of the book in my opinion. Bt the fire of a thousand suns, wollff.

The trip itself is given exactly one sentence. One of the many irritating things about memoir as a genre is the way it makes special claims for itself, the way it seems to be criticism-proof. Nov 11, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Really a working mother who didn’t think she could get her children away from a father who was not working and the house conditions were questionable? Trivia About I’m Down. It’s funny, sad, and short, and I liked the way it covered themes of race and class.

She is distraught when her father says he’s going to swim with her and her swim team. It’s a A memoir by a woman who grew dlwn in Msihna in the ’80s, raised by a white father who truly seemed to think he was black. Even her father, in a lovingly told final episode, gave her what she most wanted—his acceptance.


Nearly all white, doqn, bored and depressed, this new group seemed no more welcoming than the first. One quibble I have is that the whole book is told in the same voice and that voice is an adult’s. Her father, a charismatic man who seemed to fit utterly smoothly into the African-American community, still remains a mystery to me. Her Father lives in Seattle in a place called Rainier Valley.

Capping is the fine art of “yo mama” jokes where participants engage in trading escalating insults. And when her parents divorce and her mom moves out, she finds herself struggling to fit in. I was shown the book by a good friend at work, and we though it looked funny.

I tried and tried to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. This is the story of a little girl who is an outcast for being white, both by classmates and her complete vagabond asshole of a father.

Through the magic of ILL, it is now mine. Wolff describes how she unapologetically latched onto her rich classmates in order to take advantage of their ski trips and European vacations and palatial beachfront homes full of sleek electronics and fully stocked kitchens, only to discard the same girls with contempt once they had served her purposes.

Jul 03, Anita rated it it was amazing. Mishna learns, slowly but surely, that materials aren’t everything and there are different kind of problems other than being hungry and being poor.

I would definitely reccomend this book and I give it a five star rating. Or rather, he tried to. I wish, though, that Wolff had delved deeper into her father’s psychology. I liked that eventually she view spoiler [ said eff it and moved out and decided to do her own thing. I felt some of the struggles fitting in that Mkshna Wolff felt. I thought the story itself was very interesting. She also has to accept that happiness is harder to achieve than it seems.


She was extremely irritating and her writing reflected that. The book is also sad and pathetic, especially when Mishna’s dad fails to stand up for or acknowledge her for who she actually is.

Other people understand this: I read it in it’s entirety hoping the humor would come in at some point. This was a book from my personal collection.

I’m Down: A Memoir

This girl thinks the only abnormal thing about her childhood was her dads bad perm. The premise sounded fantastic but the writing was flat. His womanizing and lack of work ethic were not funny. Mishna does everything to please him – turning herself inside out to be”down”.

I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

At IPP each student is given tasks that they have to complete in their own time in their own way, as long as they are done. Book Overview Mishna Wolff was born to white hippie parents in Vermont. Re I think that it was a very well-written book. From her perspective, no adult and no other child in her life has even bothered to try to fi I have been wanting to read this for months!

I’m not sure all black people love capping, rapping and saxaphone insted of violin and academics.

Open Preview See a Problem? In fact, she seems determined to “find the good” in all of her family members, even though her father and her stepmom Yvonne treated her, on many occasions, horribly.