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Book Title: Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America|
ISBN 13: 9781580051170
The author of the book: Pooja Makhijani
Edition: Seal Press
Date of issue: November 2nd 2004
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Not since Scout relayed her innocent, yet stark, fictional awakening to racial injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird has the influence of race on the world of children been painted with such delicate clarity as in this collection. Including the perspectives of women of color, white women, and those caught in between, Under Her Skin traces themes related to double lives, fear, envy, lineage, and family, broadening our understanding of the often-painful subject of racial difference. Essays include the reflections of a woman whose girlhood is spent deciphering levels of oppression—from her Jewish family’s internment in the camps to her own treatment of their African-American maids; a radical parallel forged between a half-Nigerian narrator and three generations of Finnish male immigrants whom she claims as kin; and the startling connection of a white fourteen year old to Emmett Till through the photograph found on his lifeless body. The first book of its kind to include the impact of racial awareness on women of all colors, Under Her Skin embodies a vital and unique contribution to the national discussion on race.
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Read information about the authorPooja Makhijani was born in Queens, New York (off the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza stop on the 7 Train) and grew up in Edison, New Jersey (The Birthplace of Recorded Sound). She began her writing career in her very pink bedroom where she wrote mystery stories (very similar to Nancy Drew), babysitting stories (similar to The Baby Sitters Club), and English boarding school stories (similar to Enid Blyton's Mallory Tower books, even though Pooja never went to boarding school and had never visited England). She learned a lot about words and language, even though her stories weren't that good.
Through middle-school and high-school, she discovered she was writing all the time - when she woke up, in geometry class (oops!), in her sleep. She filled many spiral-bound notebooks with poems and essays and even some movie scripts.
She attended Johns Hopkins University, where she received her degree in biomedical engineering ("Don't ask," she says). During her four years there, she fell in love with Baltimore, Maryland (The City That Reads) and the libraries, used bookstores, storied row houses, and literary history of this eclectic American city. She still adores science, even though she is not an engineer.
Once she graduated, she worked in publishing where she learned tons about how books are edited and marketed and sold. She started writing "professionally" (which means someone was finally paying for her words). She received some acceptances, and a lot more rejections, but soon her bylines appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Newark Star-Ledger, The Indian Express, Time Out New York, India Today, Writing, Weekly Reader, and Time Out New York Kids among others.
Pooja graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She is the editor of Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America (Seal Press, November 2004), an anthology of essays by women that explores the complex ways in which race shapes American lives and families. Pooja is deeply interested in using memoir and storytelling to discuss and deconstruct the idea of race. She has conducted several writing workshops for young adults on this topic.
She is also the author of Mama's Saris (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2007). Mama's Saris tells the story of a precocious girl's desire to dress up in her mother's beautiful saris. She wrote it after realizing that her own fascination with her mother's fancy clothes was not unique. It seemed like all her female friends, regardless of ethnicity, remember being captivated by their mother's grown-up clothes.
Pooja is particularly proud of the 2003 Magazine Award Honor in Nonfiction by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her essay, "The First Time," in the November/December 2003 issue of Cicada.
She reviews books for Kahani, a South Asian literary magazine for children. In addition, she teaches writing and children's literature at Western Connecticut State University's new MFA in Professional Writing program.
Pooja lives in New York City with her husband and too many books. Apart from reading and writing, she loves to dance, listen to Bollywood music, and make chocolate desserts.
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