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Author Mooney, Harrison, author.

Title Invisible boy : a memoir of self-discovery / Harrison Mooney.

Publication Info. Lebanon, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press/Truth to Power Books, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult New Materials  B MOONEY HARRISON    DUE 11-04-22 Billed
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  B MOONEY, HARRISON    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B MOONEY, H.    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Faxon Branch - Biographies  B MOONEY HARRISON M    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B MOONEY HARRISON M    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 321 pages ; 22 cm
Note Includes discussion questions.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-310).
Summary "A gripping memoir from a BC Vancouver Sun journalist who was born to a West African mother, and then adopted as a small boy and raised by a white evangelical family. This is his searing account of being raised by fundamentalists. He grows up as a black kid who had his racial identity mocked and derided all the while being made to participate in the religious fervor of his mother's holy roller church. The religious brainwashing is of course dislocating and crushing for the boy as he grows into a teenager and is consistently abused for being black. He must navigate and survive zealotry, paranoia and prejudice. This is a narrative that amplifies a voice rarely heard: the child at the centre of an interracial adoption. This powerful memoir invites readers to de-centre whiteness as its narrator learns to do the same and considers the controversial adoption practice from the perspective of the families being ripped apart, and the children being stripped of their culture, in order to fill demand for babies in evangelical households. As Harry grows up after a lifetime of internalized anti-blackness, he begins to redefine his terms and reconsider his history. His journey from white cult to black consciousness culminates in a happy reunion with his biological mother, who waited 25 years to tell him the truth: she wanted to keep him. Harrison Mooney's wry, evocative prose style brings accessibility and levity to a deeply personal tale of identity: a black coming-of-age narrative set in a world with little love for black boys. This is a most timely memoir about race, religion and displacement."-- Provided by publisher.
Form Issued also in electronic format.
Subject Mooney, Harrison -- Childhood and youth.
Adoptees -- Canada -- Biography.
Black people -- Canada -- Biography.
Black people -- Race identity -- Canada.
Adoption -- Religious aspects -- Protestant churches.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 1586423460 (paperback)
9781586423469 (paperback)
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