The Sweeter the Juice is a provocative memoir that goes to the

heart of our American identity. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, in an

effort to reconcile the dissonance between her black persona

and her undeniably multiracial herit

heart of our American identity. Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, in an

effort to reconcile the dissonance between her black persona

and her undeniably multiracial heritage, started on a journey of

discovery that took her over thousands of miles and hundreds of

years. While searching for her mother's family, Haizlip

confronted the deeply intertwined but often suppressed tensions

between race and skin color.

We are drawn in by the story of an African-American family.

Some members chose to "cross over" and "pass" for white while

others enjoyed a successful black life. Their stories weave a tale

of tangled ancestry, mixed blood, and identity issues from the

17th century to the present. The Sweeter the Juice is a memoir,

a social history, a biography, and an autobiography. Haizlip gives

to us the quintessential American story, unveiling truths about

race, about our society, and about the ways in which we all

perceive and judge one another. ...Continua

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