Book Discussion: ‘These Walls Between Us by Wendy Sanford’ by Wendy Sanford
In this memoir, Wendy Sanford reflects on, and honors, the still-evolving sixty-year connection between Mary Norman and herself, and chronicles how they came to call each other friends. Though they are close in age, they met in Wendy’s mother’s kitchen; Mary was the Black “help” and Wendy the privileged white daughter. Years later, Wendy’s work as a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a widely-selling resource on women’s health and sexuality, prompted her to face her unexamined biases around class and race. These Walls Between Us offers lessons from her oft-stumbling efforts, as a white woman, to see Mary more fully and to become a more dependable friend.
There will be few copies available to borrow at The Atheneum leading up to the event. Or you can purchase a copy at Mitchell’s Book Corner.