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NISHTA MEHRA-Brown White Black

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250133557
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 5-7 Days
Published: Picador - February 5th, 2019



Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm

speaking & signing
Brown White Black




In this moving collection of essays from a fresh new voice, Nishta J. Mehra takes us into her life—the daughter of Indian American immigrants, the wife of a white Christian woman from Texas, and the mother of an adopted black child, Shiv. Nishta's life is a series of intersecting boundaries—of race, gender, sexuality, and religion—and these essays examine the ways she navigates the various communities and ideologies that make up her family's life. This is a book about moving between boundaries and establishing a space for yourself and your children that doesn't conform to rigid notions of what it means to be a family. Nishta writes movingly of her love for Shiv, and her desire to protect her child at all costs, even as she also feels responsible for preparing her child for the harsh realities of being a black in America today.


Nishta J. Mehra was raised among a tight-knit network of Indian immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the proud graduate of St. Mary's Episcopal School and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Currently a middle school English teacher, she authors the popular food blog Blue Jean Gourmet and lives with her partner, Jill, and their child, Shiv, in a suburb of Houston, Texas.

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