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Darkroom

A Memoir in Black and White
Weaver, Lila Quintero (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Darkroom
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"In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement. But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation's race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Weaver, Lila Quintero
Title: Darkroom
a memoir in black and white
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2012
Characteristics: 254 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lila Quintero Weaver
Summary: "In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement. But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation's race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0817357149
9780817357146
Branch Call Number: GN 976.1092 WEAVER 2012
Subject Headings: Alabama Biography Argentine Americans Alabama Biography Alabama Race relations History 20th century Civil rights movements Alabama History 20th century Alabama Social conditions 20th century Weaver, Lila Quintero
Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Topical Term: Argentine Americans
Civil rights movements
LCCN: 2011036117
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A moving story of a Latina girl and her immigrant family amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. Beautiful black and white drawings complement her memoir.

A moving story of a Latina girl and her immigrant family amidst the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement in the south. Beautiful black and white drawings compliment her memoir.

"Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author, Lila Quintero Weaver. " [Publisher]


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Sep 24, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An honest story about being Latina - not Black, not White - in the American South during the '60s. Yet strangely it's not tremendously political, which could be good or bad depending on the reader.

This is what is called a graphic novel. It's in comic book style. The drawing was fine and the subject was interesting but the graphic novel presentation just doesn't grab me at age 61. I just couldn't get into it.

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