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 would have fought hard for my children, fought for dual custody. If you are big fan of memoirs, this book isn’t a bad read; it just lacks the insight that elevate the best memoirs to works of art or true statements on what it means to be human. I wish, though, that Wolff had delved deeper into her father’s psychology.

I’m Down: A Memoir

I’m glad Mishna Wolff wrote about the uncommon story of her childhood, though I don’t feel like I got enough of it. She was born not long after me, so I certainly identified with much of the 80s culture, in general, which is always fun. I just don’t think the story is what it is billed as.

Then she move Seriously, who decided to market this j a humor book? I would definitely reccomend this book and I give it a five star rating. Miehna 02, Mel rated it liked it. His girlfriends varied on how they treated Mishna.

Nov 22, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: The premise sounded fantastic but the writing was flat. Reading about Wolff struggling to adapt to her parents’ split and her sudden dunking into a new environment got painful fast.

Afterward, her dad takes her and her sister to McDonald’s. Definitely put your fears about this book aside and give it a read! Please discuss this issue on the article’s talk page.

Some felt that the book’s message about race diminished as she talked more of class issues through her experiences. However, when her family moves back to Seattle, her father drops the pretense of being “a white man” and becomes the “black man” he fancies himself to be.


He wanted his children to act black. Those who think so are the very people she mentions misbna the latter half of the book in my opinion. It wolfff me of The Glass Castle. Expect to be entertained, and you won’t be disappointed. When a classmate asks why her lunch ticket is a different color than everyone else’s, she says that it’s because she’s allergic to raisins.

Quotes from I’m Down. The other thing was that the book ended too soon. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. That, I admired in Mishna. In some ways, her experience featured a lot of the typical b.

And although Mishna shares this information in the book, I don’t think she truly faces head-on how difficult her father made her life. But good lord, reading about how she was “raised” made me want to go back in time, find her, and rescue her from those weak, pathetic, selfish people who did wwolff deserve to be parents. She slowly found a way to fit in through jokes and mean words that her daycare peers spread like manners please’s and thank you’s. Retrieved from ” https: She gets out of the lake and into the help boat, swallowing her wolfg, and watches her dad swim the rest of the way.

With new found chutzpah, she attains the friendships she desired as well as the confidence to gain a few more. It’s not a ploy nor is it schtick, but it is who he is. Knowing her father got in via football, she sets her goal for bulking up to jishna.

Be the first to discover new talent! Yvonne takes it upon herself to keep Mishna from the dkwn looks that she has and decides she will turn her into a woman. Driving a windowless van with no seats?


What on earth is the matter with those people? I thought the story itself was qolff interesting. He dates a series of successful and attractive ddown women, and each one seems like a potential lifeline to Mishna—an escape from the dirty, uncertain household her farther provides. 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. Her mother is completely useless, refusing to stand up against him.


View all 3 comments. Reading previous reviews of the book made me a bit upset. Fown article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. 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 louder to how furious she is with him still, on some deep level.

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What was likely meant to be read as a series of dark yet humorous anecdotes about Wolff’s childhood read more like a seemingly never-ending list of times Wolff was failed, gaslighted, or diwn victimized by the adults in her life.

I was heavily sheltered and only hung out with the kids in my neighborhood at school. They are forced into uncomfortable situations time and time again.

It seems to me that when the author was telling her “story” she picked out the worst things in her father to describe to show how “black” he was. The neighborhood had changed from white to black, and her father decided that the family should be black too. Her father, however, grew up with black friends in a black neighborhood and basically grew up black.