About the book:
White Boy: A Memoir is one man's unvarnished story of love, loss, race, Memphis, and a dark past. Everything is laid bare when Memphis author, journalist, and college professor Tom Graves takes a vivid and deeply introspective account of his life. Certainly no one can accuse Graves of looking back through rose-colored glasses as chapter after riveting chapter he confronts his family's racist past, shares his eyewitness memories of the integration of Memphis public schools, details his dating escapades with women from another race, and brings you to tears with his powerful account of the roller-coaster relationship with a Sierra Leone native whom he met on Match.com and brought to the U.S. to become his bride. This courageous and unforgettable memoir is sure to stir, and perhaps even prompt you to reconsider, your own feelings about love and race.
About the author:
Tom Graves is the award-winning author of Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson, the Blues Foundation's choice for book of the year in 2010. He is the former editor of Rock & Roll Disc magazine and has written for numerous national publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, American History magazine, The Oxford American, Musician, The New Leader, and others. He is a professor of English at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee.
"Tom Graves asks the hard questions of himself and he digs deep for the difficult answers. He faces his racist raising, traces his evolving response and investigates, particularly, how he has expressed that response in the female company he's sought... Whatever your race or gender, White Boy will have you contemplating your own past, rethinking what you've done. And can do."
-- Robert Gordon, author of It Came from Memphis and Memphis Rent Party