While I Run This Race:
A Memoir of Challenge, Hope and Transcendence

by Pocahontas Gertler



Createspace, 2011. ISBN 978-1-461-13273-8.
Reviewed by Khadijah A.
Posted on 08/04/2012

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: History/Current Events; Nonfiction: Life Lessons

In this lovingly written memoir, Pocahontas Gertler reminds us gently but firmly of the importance of story in transformation—of individuals, communities, or society as a whole. Gertler grew up in the deep South during the Thirties and Forties, the daughter of a Native American mother and an African American father. She experienced poverty and racism firsthand, and saw the effects that these had on the people around her. She writes movingly of what it was like to be dark-skinned in world where light skin equalled beauty, even within her own family. I was intrigued by her account of life under segregation, something which is difficult for me to imagine, having been born in the North after the Civil Rights Movement had already begun to bear fruit nationwide.

Gertler tells us of her experiences in Catholic school, and later a boarding school and college. She shares her feelings of insecurity while at the same time telling us of how she worked, in her own quiet, steady way, to beat down the walls of racism in any way she was able. She welcomes us into her heart and mind as she takes us down the path she traveled from an abusive marriage to one based on love and mutual respect. Her hope and optimism despite having seen the dark side of humanity again and again is a lesson for all of us.

Gertler is not a movie star. She is not a famous athlete or a world traveller. To some, her story might seem unimportant. But in the end, it is extremely important, as she opens a window into another world for many of us, using simple language, strong emotion and a quiet wit to give a voice to many who otherwise may have remained forever without a voice of their own.

Read an excerpt from this book.


Pocahontas Gertler, LHD, got her primary and secondary education in pre-Civil Rights era Georgia and Florida, and graduated from National College with a BA in Sociology. She later went on to earn her Master of Education degree from Chestnut Hill College. As a student, she helped integrate a college in a segregated environment. She has been a social worker, a chaplain's assistant in the United States Air Force, a trained singer of classical music, a mother, a lecturer, a teacher, an entrepreneur and an author. Visit her website.

Authors/Publicists: For promotion purposes, you may quote excerpts of up to 200 words from our reviews, with a link to the page on which the review is posted. ©Copyright to the review is held by the writer (review posting date appears on the review page). If you wish to reprint the full review, you may do so ONLY with her written permission, and with a link to http://www.storycirclebookreviews.org. Contact our Book Review Editor (bookreviews at storycirclebookreviews.org) with your request and she will forward it to the appropriate person.

StoryCircleBookReviews.org has received a copy of this book for review from the author, publisher, or publicist. We have received no other compensation.

       
   
StoryCircleBookReviews provides a review venue for women author-publishers and for women's work published by independent and university presses.


Email me with news about your book reviews



Sarton Women's Book Award


Your ad could be here.
Advertise with us!


   

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter and goodreads.





Buy books online through amazon.com by simply clicking on the book cover or title. Your purchase will support our work of encouraging all women to tell their stories.
This title is currently available ONLY as an e-book
#visitors: