I’m Down
Author: Mishna Wolff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Price: $30.50 (Hardcover)

John “Wolfy” Wolff only wanted his daughter Mishna to be one thing: “down.” What, exactly, that constituted was a point of confusion for the little girl, growing up white in a largely black south Seattle neighbourhood. Although her father was also white, he denied it, showing off his perceived race with stereotypical gold chains and by attending black Baptist churches. In I’m Down, Mishna Wolff humourously recalls her divided upbringing, detailing being the only white girl at a black school and later the girl who was “too black” to fit into the rich white school.