Brown White Black by Nishta J. Mehra

Brown White Black

Intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptanceBrown, White, Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted son, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most...

Details Brown White Black

TitleBrown White Black
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
GenreWriting, Essays, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Race, Lgbt

Reviews Brown White Black

  • Valerie
    This is a beautifully written but also highly accessible glimpse into the life of a modern American family that doesn't quite fit the definition of what many think an "American family" should look like and act like. It is important reading for anyone who wants an understanding of the daily questions, topics, and issues that family's like Mehra's must address as they navigate life, friendships, and parenting.
  • Tim Mazurek
    It’s so beautifully written. Clear and direct and manages to talk about big important things through the lens of one family. A thoroughly engaging read.
  • Kristine
    A beautiful, thoughtful essay collection that will probe you to consider your own identity, whatever that may be, and its impact on how you move through the world. Mehra's family may "check all the boxes," but their experiences are surprisingly universal. With each essay I messaged another friend and said, "You really have to read this book!" knowing they would find some touchstone of common experience. From navigating the highs and lows of paren...
  • Mei
    A collection of essays by Nishta Mehra, an Indian American queer whose wife is white. Together, they adopted a black son who is currently exploring her gender identity. I really enjoyed this - I related to a lot of her first generation immigrant upbringing in a mostly white area and to her views on parenthood. She writes clearly about her family's struggles to make a space for themselves in a world that doesn't tolerate who they are as a family u...
  • Jeimy
    I read this one in one day because it was brief, not because I was riveted. While the author’s family is not what most picture when they think of a family, her contributions to the discussion about identity politics is nothing we haven’t heard before.
  • Senshin
    Would have loved for it to be much longer! Will read again.
  • A. D. Paventi
    Brown, White, Black was a very interesting read for me. I am Caucasian, straight, with biological children. I have never suffered racial discrimination or sexual discrimination, so it was tought to emphasize with Nishta; however, I could sympathize with her as a woman and mother trying to do the best she can for her son. The writing is excellent, the storyline e poignant and engaging, and the character's were beautifully developed. Thank you to N...