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Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White
by Lila Quintero Weaver
University of Alabama Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-8173-5714-6 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8619-1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author, Lila Quintero Weaver.
 
In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement.  But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation’s race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

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Lila Quintero Weaver received her BA from New College at The University of Alabama. She and her husband,Paul, live in Northport, Alabama. Darkroom is her first book.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Contents
    Author's Note
    Prologue: Home Movies
    Chapter 1: In the Dark
    Chapter 2: Passage
    Chapter 3: Blending In
    Chatper 4: Ginny’s Books
    Chapter 5: Ancestral Lines
    Chapter 6: An American Education
    Chapter 7: Dear Argentina
    Chapter 8: Good News, Bad News
    Chapter 9: Know Alabama
    Chapter 10: School Lessons
    Epilogue: Long Night’s Journey into Day
    Acknowledgements



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