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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Jun 22, Joshua rated it really liked it. She could not dance, sing or even jump rope, and she displayed weakness in a tough neighborhood. Then she move Seriously, who decided to market this as a humor book? Want to Read saving…. Retrieved from ” https: And the whole place was covered in light cream carpet—which I tiptoed onto like it was hot lava.

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Driving a windowless van with no seats? I’m skeptical about memoirs now. This book did remind me quite a bit of Angela Ashworth’s Once in a House on Fire, which I think is fantastic, but Wolff’s tone is a bit desperately irreverant, which bothered me. 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.

This isn’t a humorous book. I got the sense of memory recreated and understood from an adult perspective, which is fine except that isn’t how she is presenting it. Many of the things that black families are trying to overcome are hysterical to this author Please help improve this article if you can. But I wonder how it really was.

He raised Mishna and her little sister, Anora, to fit in with their neighbors in a nearly all-black neighborhood in Seattle. 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. In Mishna Wolff’s case, a background of legitimately harrowing but otherwise unremarkable poverty was made distinctive by her father’s insistent adoption of all the hallmarks of urban African-American culture, including the flamboyant clothes, the jewelry, the aggressively ungrammatical wolft and the emphasis on toughness and contempt for authority.


These kids tear her apart just as much as the black children in her neighborhood did because she is wklff and not as well off as the rest of them. Wanting a better future, she decides, at 12 years of age, that scholarships are her ticket to the best college, but how?

Or rather, he tried to. The scenes in the GSCC summer program — Mishnx left to fend for themselves in an indoor lord of the flies — This memoir ends when she is still a kid; I’d like to read the story of how she came out of that with any sense of self to become this writer and this woman who can smirk at us from the back flap dowwn the book jacket.

I’m Down: A Memoir

I was doen disgusted by msihna time I finished this book. Wolff deals with trying to fit in no matter where she goes, whether it is day-care, elementary school, sports or her own home. I would have fought hard for my children, fought for dual custody. She competes with the children in her neighborhood to be the funniest, the meanest, and the toughest while she strives to be rich, successful, and seemingly carefree like her school friends.

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. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards.

The element of I’m Down that, almost incidentally, carries real force is not the racial appropriation but rather the depiction of relentless poverty. But she finds an escape for her increasingly difficult home life at her friends’ homes. Fuck, if these were my neighbors, I would have called myself. Mishan Mishna’s younger sister Anora, this wasn’t a problem.


Mishna does everything to please him – turning herself inside out to be”down”.

The story it is was painful to read. I felt like the story mmishna more about class than it was about race. And not marry women who verbally abuse his children? It’s not a ploy nor is it schtick, but it is who he is.

Just as she had thought, the kids in Mishna’s new school tease and make fun of her ways of speaking, and Mishna feels highly intimidated by the spoiled preps she is constantly surrounded by. It’s depressing as all get-out. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is that its light tone is sometimes a tad too light – as when she inserts photos of people she grew up around, but doesn’t name them individually, instead seemingly glossing them all as “black folks”.


She was born not long after me, so I certainly identified with much of the 80s culture, in general, which is always fun. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. I have been wanting to read this for months! The premise sounded fantastic but the writing was flat. She wasn’t always stuck in this neighborhood growing up. Maybe I wouldn’t be quite so depressed if this book hadn’t been billed as “laugh-out-loud funny. I’m glad Mishna Wolff wrote about the uncommon story of her childhood, though I don’t feel like I got enough of it.

Kids sitting on the floor sliding around?? No cleanup reason has been specified. 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.