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The Book Keeper: A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy
by Julia McKenzie Munemo
Ohio University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-0-8040-1221-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8040-4106-5
Library of Congress Classification CT275.M865A3 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 920.073

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In a memoir that’s equal parts love story, investigation, and racial reckoning, Munemo unravels and interrogates her whiteness, a shocking secret, and her family’s history.


When her father’s interracial romance novels written by her long-dead father landed on Julia McKenzie Munemo’s kitchen table, she—a white woman—had been married to a black man for six years and their first son was a toddler. Out of shame about her father’s secret career as a writer of “slavery porn,” she hid the books from herself, and from her growing mixed-race family, for more than a decade. But then, with police shootings of African American men more and more in the public eye, she realized that understanding her own legacy was the only way to begin to understand her country.



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