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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Re I think that it was a very well-written book. Please provide an email address. Apr 26, Terry rated it it was ok Shelves: I really enjoyed this book. The memoir gets more like a novel toward the end and wraps up very much like one; I wish I could mean that in a good way.

The other, bigger problem with the memoir is that Wolff seems mad as hell–at her father, mainly–and grapples with keeping a lid on her anger hard. I was always sort of embarrassed but also sort of never fit in and didn’t want to be made fun of because unlike Mishna, I didn’t fight, I didn’t cap, I didn’t do anything to insert myself.

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I had a lot of friends, and a lot of bruises. It’s a very interesting view of the cultural divide between black dolff white in the US.

See 2 questions about I’m Down…. The memoir, such as it is, has a couple of problems. 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 the novel. I knew that cream was for careful people, and no matter how Dad was acting, that wasn’t us.

I’m Down by Mishna Wolff

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 argot and the emphasis on toughness and contempt for authority. 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.


It wasn’t just James Frey that made me skeptical. I thought the story itself was very interesting. Everything about this book pissed me off! But I wonder how it really was. The result, according to Wolff, was a comical decade-long reverse-passing drama and a childhood marked by substantial identity confusion. I had problems with this book that were personal but I really related to Mishna. She and her swimming team get together and swim at Lake Washington.

The dad was an ass, a piece of crap who didn’t raise his children properly, who’s ego was out of control. May 02, Didi rated it did not like it. He wants to do it so they can do something together and keep their relationship going even though she moved out of his home. It’s very sharply observed and her turn of phrase can be brilliant. 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.

Maybe I wouldn’t be quite so depressed if this book hadn’t been billed as “laugh-out-loud funny. And of course, the father gets out and screams at mishna that this is her fault because she should have been watching him. At first, I could not help but think, “This does in fact seem a little racist. I was becoming a machine—or at least I thought I was.

I’m Down (book)

She just came off as extremely weak and kind of a nag in this book. She could not dance, sing mushna even jump rope, and she displayed weakness in a tough neighborhood. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. With the fire of a thousand suns, hate.

As Mishna was forced farther from home and more into the arms of her neighbors by her father, she came to realize very quickly what it was they didn’t like about her. 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.


However, my sensitivities were heightened about this book by another good friend of mine, and so I went in ready to be offended by it.

I’m not sure all black people love capping, rapping and saxaphone insted of violin and academics. Knowing her wolfff got in via football, she sets her goal for bulking up to play. Some of the best memoirists I’m thinking of Mary Odwn 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 describes and embraces the human condition.

Wisdom enters with the realization that even rich kids have messed up lives and she needs to own her own, center herself, to attain any goals she holds. Finally making her way in school, she is again upheaved when she is mshna to a different school for smarter kids. I absolutely hated this book!

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It’s depressing as all get-out. As Mishna got older, people began to see that she was not challenged in school. Wolff can’t seem to let go of her need to be daddy’s girl, and the book’s warm and fuzzy final scene struck me as, at best, overly optimistic.

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Tt’s not like she connected to the people in her neighborhood AT ALL, so I don’t feel like she was torn between two races, which is what the book is publicized as being about, as much as she was torn between her impoverished family and the private school she attended for smart white dowwn. The writing was engaging and it read like fiction. Alas, although Mishna finds herself with children who have the same skin tone, she is still an outsider.

It almost sounded as if she was telling someone else’s story, not hers. Be the first to discover new talent!