High Yella

A Modern Family Memoir

High Yella

A Modern Family Memoir

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High Yella speaks to anyone yearning to feel at home in their own skin, who need to know they can belong somewhere inside a less than welcoming society. As Steve Majors eloquently reveals a legacy of racial confusion through his own personal lens, he exposes our limitations and our capacities for love, tolerance, and generosity. His foibles and insight, especially when it comes to his own children, provide us with a substantial dose of hope and inspiration.

—David Tabatsky, author of American Misfit and coauthor of Dear President Obama

Few people on earth can write from the perspective of someone who is black but also white, gay but oft mistaken for straight, Catholic but tied to Judaism . . . with a 'white-picket-fence' present and an improbably complicated past. High Yella is a story that begged to be told, and, what luck, the protagonist of this real-life tale happens to be a masterclass writer. This delicately crafted memoir is a testament to the unquantifiable things that connect family-not cells and DNA, but shared experiences and unconditional love.

—Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, author of Survivors Club

Steve Majors's gripping memoir provides a glimpse into the soul of a tormented man caught in the crossfire of two cruel worlds--one black, one white--as he struggles to find where he truly belongs. With a cast of unforgettably colorful characters, High Yella is a story of great relevance that courageously and delicately sheds light on one of today's most polarizing issues--racial discrimination. A must-read for anyone who endeavors to unconditionally love his fellow man!

—Ray Studevent, author of Black Sheep

Steve Majors's heart-wrenching and honest family memoir never sugarcoats, romanticizes, or dehumanizes. Whether he's tackling growing up poor and Black, family abuse, racial passing, substance misuse, interracial relationships, marriage, or raising adopted kids as a gay dad, Majors tells every part of this singular, moving, and necessary story with clear eyes and care. Just like family, this beautiful, heartbreaking book will find its way into your bones.

—Eman Quotah, author of Bride of the Sea

What are the complex histories that roil under our composed, accomplished surfaces? Steve Majors has brought his to the fore. He's written a gripping, moving, and wrenchingly honest book about his life that I couldn't put it down. He was born to write.

—Pia Z. Ehrhardt, author of Famous Fathers & Other Stories and Now We Are Sixty