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Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White: 11/02/13
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver is is an autobiography in a graphic novel format. It recounts the author's childhood in Alabama after having emigrated from Argentina. She grew up in the middle of the the Civil Rights movement.
Now while the memoir isn't exactly about Jim Crow laws or protests or racism, those things are there. They are constantly bubbling at the surface of her description of growing up and trying to assimilate — into a America as portrayed by popular media.
The artwork is worth noting. The title, Darkroom, refers to Lila's father and his photography hobby. The pencil drawings replicate the soft shades of black and white photography — which of course is really more shades of gray than sharply delineated areas of black and white. Therein is the crux of the memoir — in an area that makes all its decisions based on notions of Black and White, where do those who are neither fit in?
This book was shortlisted for the 2012 CYBILs.