this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish. A friend of mine recommended a book called Ace of Spades by David Matthews, and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding. Here's a brief description from The New Yorker: The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verveblacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimores steaming cup of cocoa"and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldnt have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life." Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Has anyone else here read it?