The New York Times included Girl in Black and White in their “New and Noteworthy” section, winning the “most masterful 33-word summary” contest that I didn’t know I needed.
GIRL IN BLACK AND WHITE: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement, by Jessie Morgan-Owens. (Norton, $27.95.) In 1855, the abolitionist Charles Sumner presented horrified crowds with a 7-year-old former slave who to all appearances was white. This book tells her story, while probing issues of colorism and racial politics.