March 24, 2019

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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Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Although I’m glad she was able to find comedy in her upbringing, I feel she owes it to the reader and herself to find the truth of her family life. She wrote it, mostly with a humourous slant, but it was sad to see that her father did not treat her well.

The book is also sad and pathetic, especially when Mishna’s dad fails to stand up for or acknowledge her for who she actually is. Now I do understand not fitting in with your community and being moved to different schools to be challenged and people’s attitudes toward you when this happens. I’m glad Mishna Wolff wrote about the uncommon story of her childhood, though I don’t feel like I got enough of it. Throughout the book, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. I almost wish this book was fiction, because that would make the narrator a lot more reliable. What happened with her parents? 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. Her father and neighborhood friends can see her changing and they don’t like it.

Central District stars in Mishna Wolff’s “I’m Down” (warning: not music) | The Seattle Times

With a novel, a dyspeptic critic, especially one not unnerved by the daunting middle-class minefields of race and parenthood, can simply dismiss the lot as so much ill-conceived garbage. One quibble I have is that the whole ,ishna is told in the same voice and that voice is an adult’s.


I read this book cover to cover in one day. No trivia or quizzes yet. I’m Down is in many ways a catalogue of misplaced emphases and unintended literary effects the prose, for one thing, is flat and clumsy, and the humor feels strained in the way that stand-up routines transferred to the page usually dobut one doesn’t feel quite right blaming Mishna Wolff for this, exactly.

Wollff 19, Roberta rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading about Wolff struggling to a I’m glad Mishna Wolff woolff about the uncommon story of her childhood, though I don’t feel like I got enough of it.

I’m Down: A Memoir

Jul 25, Dee rated it did not like it. Reading about Wolff struggling to adapt to her parents’ split and her sudden dunking into a new midhna got painful fast. I had a lot of friends, and a lot of bruises.

In some ways, her experience featured a lot of the typical b. For one, it’s shorter than I wanted.

And the whole place was covered in light cream carpet—which I tiptoed onto like it was woflf lava. Jun 22, Lillian rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s like, she’s been furious with her dad, so she wrote this book about it, but she’s trying not to say just how mad she is. Nov 11, Jennifer wllff it liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This was a book from my personal collection. Wolff mentions off-handedly that she and her sister often lived for weeks on tapioca and watery corn bread; there’s a poignant scene where the teenage author, who has unwittingly high-achieved herself into attendance at a posh private school, forces herself to share her classmates’ disdain for the misshna lunches that she, half-starving, secretly craves.

misuna And just when she was starting to get the hang of inner-city style “cappin'” an activity an earlier generation called “playing the dozens”Mishna was forced to change schools to be among her “gifted” peers. Other people understand this: The memoir gets more like a novel toward the end and wraps up very much like one; I wish I could mean that in a good way.


In fact, she seems determined to “find the good” in all of her family members, even though her father and her stepmom Yvonne treated her, on many occasions, horribly.

It gets one star. It doesn’t cover quite the same time-span as GC but it is packed with similar elements; the well-intentioned but misguided parents, the poverty, the confusion that comes with hy up, and ultimately figuring some things out despite a million obstacles.

I liked that eventually she view spoiler [ said eff it and moved out and decided to do her own thing. The pressure of seeing what lives her school friends have set up for them gives Mishna unrealistic ideas of how life works. There may be embellishments, but is it so absurd for a White man to “act Black” and have it be who he really is?

We can’t call her a racist as she is unjustly called by her own family just because she grew up in these circumstances. She was shy, uncool and painfully white.

I was shown the book by a good friend at work, and we though it looked funny.

Central District stars in Mishna Wolff’s “I’m Down” (warning: not music)

And poor parenting knows no cultural, financial or racial boundary; the neglect of children is surprising and upsetting. Sleepovers were like mini-vacations for me. Stick to modeling, mishna. I probably would have put off reading it for a while if not for a mishnz of mine from work that wanted to read it as well.

Please help improve this article if you can. Lucky it was a quick read! May 02, Didi rated it did not like it. The other thing was that the book ended too soon.

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