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Black Ice

Black Ice - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679737452

Cover of Black Ice 91 (ISBN 978-0679737452)
ISBN13: 978-0679737452
ISBN10: 0679737456
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 91
Copyright: 1991
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1991
International: No

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Black Ice - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679737452

Lorene Cary

ISBN13: 978-0679737452
ISBN10: 0679737456
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 91
Copyright: 1991
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1991
International: No
Summary

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, intelligent passion, and joyous love."