Book Reviews of Ace of Spades: A Memoir

Ace of Spades: A Memoir
Ace of Spades A Memoir
Author: David Matthews
ISBN-13: 9780805081497
ISBN-10: 0805081496
Publication Date: 2/6/2007
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book, which I read in one sitting. This is a gripping and heartbreaking memoir of growing up biracial in a very racially divided inner city Baltimore of the 1980s. David was the son of a Jewish woman and a well-known black nationalist and journalist of the civil rights movement. His mother abandoned him when he was a baby, and he was raised by his father and his father's succession of girlfriends (some affectionate, others brutally abusive to David). A personal and take-no-prisoners history of child abuse, abandonment, racial identity confusion, passing for white and living to tell the tale. 5 stars, an excellent read that will stay with you for weeks (if not longer). An excellent selection for book clubs too.