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  • Title: Color Blind: A Memoir
  • Author: Precious Williams
  • ISBN: 9781596913387
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Born in London to a Nigerian princess, Precious Williams saw her life change radically in its first months Her mother, deciding she couldn t raise a child, placed an ad for foster care in Nursery World A response soon came from a woman in rural Sussex, and Precious, three months old, was handed off in a basket.Nan, Precious s new foster mother, was sixty years old and whBorn in London to a Nigerian princess, Precious Williams saw her life change radically in its first months Her mother, deciding she couldn t raise a child, placed an ad for foster care in Nursery World A response soon came from a woman in rural Sussex, and Precious, three months old, was handed off in a basket.Nan, Precious s new foster mother, was sixty years old and white, and prided herself on being color blind But she might also have been shortsighted about the difficulties her black daughter would encounter At her all white school, Precious was taunted and ostracized, and Nan struggled to understand her daughter s troubles Precious s birth mother would visit occasionally, providing glimpses of a different world, but eventually turned critical of a daughter who had become too white Retreating into her imagination, Precious forged her own identity She emerged from the disillusionment and self destructiveness of her teen years with a fierce resolve not to let circumstance, class, or color determine her future Precious Williams tells her extraordinary story in Color Blind, brightly, bravely grappling with issues of identity, motherhood, and race.
    Color Blind A Memoir Born in London to a Nigerian princess Precious Williams saw her life change radically in its first months Her mother deciding she couldn t raise a child placed an ad for foster care in Nursery Worl

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    1. All I can say is wow What a moving, incredible story It is a story about overcoming adversity and prevailing against life s imperfect circumstances Precious writes her story with an honesty and clarity that is sometimes lacking in memoirs Her writing style is smooth and the story flows nicely This story was not written to amuse, or to make the reader laugh It is a poignant story that at times, hurts your heart, and at other times fills it with hope.I was unaware of the practice of the fostering [...]

    2. Precious Williams is placed in a foster home by her Nigerian mother three months after her birth Nanny, her white foster mother in her late fifties, raises her in an all white neighborhood in Sussex, England.Precious birth mother visits irregularly and when she does show up she s abusive physically and emotionally with no regard for the harmful situations she s placing her daughter in.Williams story is about her search for identity The memoir focuses primarily on her childhood and teen years in [...]

    3. I won this book in a giveaway The description sounded interesting, but I really thought it would be a look how much I accomplished despite how terrible my early life was type of story Instead, it was an honest look at a difficult childhood, but the author was unsparing of herself as well Very impressive.

    4. A mother decided she couldn t, or wouldn t, raise a child She wasn t struggling to make ends meet She wasn t a student trying to obtain a degree In fact, she was a Nigerian princess Yet one September day in 1971, she dropped her daughter off in a basket on a white woman s doorstep.Private fostering is supposed to be temporary yet, nothing about Precious Anita Williams life is traditional Her case is a little different She lives in a small English town called Woodview with a white sixty year old [...]

    5. Given away a few days after birth by her absent and awesome Nigerian mother, Precious Anita Williams is raised in a small town in England by a white family Color Blind deals with the issue of race, gender, and growing up Completely written in the present tense, Ms Williams throws the reader into the events of her childhood, from her germiphobic adoptive mother to the wild moods of her biological mother to compelling scenes of abuse Once submerged into the tangled web of the memoir, it is difficu [...]

    6. What a wonderful book I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Color Blind A Memoir by Precious Williams Ms Williams book made a dent in my heart I feel like I want to say, I understand I understand the different stages that the author explained as she unraveled the story of her unique life This book made me cry several times, I think because Ms Williams is able to write in such a way that I was able to feel what she felt and see what she saw I don t want to give away the details of her book, but it [...]

    7. Being from Glasgow, I am generally a cynical old get with withered emotions, but there were points in this book that almost made me cry Sometimes clich s are the best way to express things, so I am just going to come out and say that this is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit.Precious Williams endured things no human should ever have to suffer and yet she has come through it all to blossom into a wonderful author, who writes with brutal honesty and clarity Primarily, this [...]

    8. THIS, I AM TOLD, is how it begins Precious Williams, at the age of three months old, is dropped off by her elegant and disinterested Nigerian mother to be brought up by a sixty year old, white haired, white foster mother who lives in the poor suburb near London Nanny, her daughter Wendy, and her husband, who live directly behind her mom, bring up Anita Anita is the only coloured girl at her school, and she suffers raciality She is brought up white, at the request of her biological mother who com [...]

    9. Note This is a review of an Advanced Copy received from the First Reads program, I do my best to review fairly.This is everything a memoir should be There s grit and dirt and honesty Time also has a very real presence in the novel, we definitely get a good glimpse of what it was like to grow up in the 70 s and 80 s in the United Kingdom And even though we only get to see brief moments of how Williams turned her life around, this is not a depressing read There are hard moments, but they are not p [...]

    10. I recieved this book for free through First Reads, and when it arrived in my mailbox, I was really excited I had really been interested in reading Color Blind.The book did not disappoint it read so well, that I had to remind myself that it is a memoir, not a work of fiction Prescious Williams is a really good writer.Her story is not a happy one Mere months upon her birth, her mother leaves with with a foster mother to raise Precious Anita Williams Anita is raised by an elderly white woman and kn [...]

    11. This is than just a memoir and has a lot to say about childhood, Britain in the 1970s, class, race, identity, culture and motherhood In addition, the book examines the issue of black children fostered by white families and the emotional and identity based conflicts this causes.Precious Williams achieves a sensitive exploration of all of these issues and produces a provocative, warm, disturbing and at times hilarious memoir I was pleasantly surprised and I read it in one sitting When I put it do [...]

    12. This was a really interesting story, and unlike anything I ve read before That s not to say that there aren t other books like this one, but for me it was different, unique, and enlightening Precious story is both heartbreaking and inspiring While she has overcome so much to become a successful writer, she is still haunted by her past and a mother that never showed her how to love and be loved There are lessons to be learned from this book and truths that we d rather ignore, but there is also ho [...]

    13. I loved this book and read it very quickly, as I was so interested in what happened to this little girl It is a very raw and honest memoir of Precious life I went through a world wind of emotions reading this, I was crying,happy and angry at some parts This book is very well written and to the point Precious is an inspirational lady and I thank her for sharing her story with us The only thing for me is I would of liked to have found out , like did she see her mother again , Her sister and baby D [...]

    14. At first I was just fascinated by the cultural aspects of this book I did not know that it was common practice for Nigerians to have their children fostered in Europe I was enthralled by Precious Williams description of her childhood as an African growing up in an all white English town Then I was heartbroken for her She describes the emotional trauma that stemmed from wondering if her mother loved her, from wondering why she was so different from everyone else in her town It was at times painfu [...]

    15. Wow What an amazing book And what an amazing woman, to come through the ordeal called her life, to make it to where she is today Even though she was given up to a foster home as a baby by a mother who apparently couldn t be bothered with a child, unless it was convenient for her, Precious spend most of her life looking for love and acceptance from her mother This book was at times very disturbing to read, I can t even imagine what it would have been like to live this life.The author did survive [...]

    16. After reading a memoir I always wonder if I have a right to review or rate it In this instance I can honestly say that this is one of the most forthright, honest, and interesting memoirs I ve read in quite a while No poor, poor pitiful me or drama for the sake of selling this work If you want to read a book that leaves you feeling like you ve learned and felt a lot and still have much to process then this one s for you I m happy to say that the ending is not sappy or totally predictable I wish I [...]

    17. I received this book through the First Reads and found it quite touching Ms Williams was put into foster care by her biological mother and then raised in a predominantly white English community Her biological mother would come and go in her life and was very critical of Precious Precious would try to come to terms with being of color in her community and often described conflicted feelings This was a touching memoir given the foster care placement as it speaks to the difficulty kids do have in p [...]

    18. Just proving that I really will read anything I received this as an Advanced Reading Copy through the First Reads program This is a gripping memoir which strives to give an honest and sometimes disturbing reflection of the author s early life Although not everyone might relate, I found it fascinating read this in less than a day, aside from riding three horses and setting up for a horse show In sum, highly recommended to anyone who is looking for book club material

    19. Brought me back to the 70 s and memories of when I was growing up Could relete to Precious and the emtions she had Would recommed the book to anyone Would like to have a follow up book to see how Precious is doing now.

    20. This book was a wonderful win from I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt like Precious was standing next to me telling me her life story It was heartwrenching and eye opening and recommend it to all

    21. I found the metaphors and similes accurate and enjoyable,it was a disturbing read for me, but it ended in a kind of triumphant manner I would recommend it to all facebook members as a modern day inspirational book of the human spirit overcoming adversity.

    22. This was a really great read I felt myself on an emotional roller coaster Having been through some similar thing in the book I felt a bit of kinship I am glad I had the opportunity to read this book received the book for free through First Reads.

    23. A difficult story told with an expert touch I just wish the author had been a little clearer on chronology it took pages and pages before she even mentioned a decade, and years passed in the oddest fashion.

    24. This is a great memoir Heartbreaking at times I wasn t aware that many African mothers sent their children to live in foster homes in England, or that these mothers can be so cold and cruel to their children What a sad way to live.

    25. I couldn t finish this book It was boring 80 pages in and I still didn t care about any of the characters or this women s plight I stopped reading midway.

    26. I really liked the book Sometimes I little hard to understand because of the British slang dialouge but other than that very interesting.

    27. This author has a talent for telling a story She has been through a lot of turmoil in her young life but has been able to climb upward and shine her light on the world.

    28. Great book and relevant topic Beautifully honest A page turner could not put it down The book talks about a practice of informal fostering which was still is common among families in the African diaspora in the 60 s Perhaps following a practice of it takes a village to raise a child children were handed over to white families for care while their parents, often new immigrants to England, tried to establish themselves finish studying, gain financial stability and settle into their often hostile a [...]

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