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