Black and Blintzes Growing Up Not Quite Jewish On the Lower East Side by Gina Greenlee

Rating: 3.5 stars
Genre: Memoir
ASIN: B008Y1VU6K
File size: 1465 KB
Print lenght: 79 pages

In Black and Blintzes Growing Up Not Quite Jewish On the Lower East Side, Gina Greenlee succeeds in sketching stories from her childhood with the perspective of her younger self. Through a series of vignettes, Ms Greenlee shows us what life was like for her when she was younger. Ms Greenlee relates the character-forming incidents in her life without hindsight interpretation; she merely states what happened. Some of the recollections are painful: The Fight, No tears for Frankie, and The Divorce. Others are more whimsical: The Kitten, Boys, and Goin’ to Town. Growing up is difficult for many of us; but growing up as a black female in Lower East Side had its own challenges.

As I read Black and Blintzes, I was at times horrified by the stories, other times I laughed as it made me recall having similar feeling as I was growing up. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading memoirs.