Real American: A Memoir Book Review

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I received a free copy of Real American: A Memoir in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

We have a lot of fun here at Parent Palace.  We really do. But there are a lot of serious things going on in our country.  If you’ve been on social media at all the past week, you will know that the country is talking about the NFL, and player’s choices to kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against African-American citizens.  

I have kept mostly quiet about political issues on the blog, while holding very strong personal opinions, but today I want to tell you about a book I have been reading over the past month called Real American: A Memoir, by best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims.


Julie Lythcott-Haims is an amazing woman with an amazing career, and it would be worth reading a book about her life just from the aspect of a successful businesswoman.  However, this memoir does so much more.  Julie Lythcott-Haims is a mixed race woman – her mom was white, and her dad was black.  Real American: A Memoir explores what it was like to grow up a person of mixed race, in a time when that was not even a designation on the census that a person can be.  Tracing the author’s life through her childhood into adulthood, Real American: A Memoir explores the racism that exists on America, the resulting loss of self-esteem in people of color, and the author’s journey of self-love and self-acceptance as a mixed race woman.   

I really connected with this book – I identified with some of the author’s experiences as a woman, and it was truly eye-opening to hear many of the stories of how she was treated as a woman who struggled to fit in as either black or white.  

This book is incredibly brave.  And important.  Julie Lythcott-Haims has laid out difficult and raw experiences from her childhood and life to show us what it is like to be black in America.  If not now, when is it not important to educate ourselves, and try to understand and emphasize with our fellow Americans?  

As a mom, teaching empathy, understanding, acceptance, and social justice is incredibly important to me.  I have given this book to my 16year old daughter – it is captivating and I want her to understand as much as she can how others live, and how it is her responsibility, as it is all of ours, to treat people fairly and understand that not everyone has the advantages that she has.


Read the book.  If it doesn’t make you a better person, it will at least give you insight into the experiences of someone who has lived a very different American experience that many of us as white Americans have had growing up.  

It has my highest recommendation!

Want to read Real American: A Memoir? Enter today and you could win a copy! 10 copies will be given away – you must enter through the widget below, and winners will be selected and notified by CLEVER on October 6, 2017.  18+, US Resident Only, 1 winner per household.  

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If you don’t win, please buy this book.  It is important for Americans to come together, and understanding each other is the first step to doing that, in my opinion. 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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