Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson

Stealing Home An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson In so many ways Sharon Robinson s childhood in the s was typical of the privileged suburb where she grew up the apple of her father s eye she went on shopping trips to New York to pick out expen

  • Title: Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson
  • Author: Sharon Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780060928407
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • In so many ways, Sharon Robinson s childhood in the 1950s was typical of the privileged suburb where she grew up the apple of her father s eye, she went on shopping trips to New York to pick out expensive party dresses, lived in a beautiful home in Connecticut, joined exclusive social clubs, even had a pony However, in at least one important respect, her life was utterlIn so many ways, Sharon Robinson s childhood in the 1950s was typical of the privileged suburb where she grew up the apple of her father s eye, she went on shopping trips to New York to pick out expensive party dresses, lived in a beautiful home in Connecticut, joined exclusive social clubs, even had a pony However, in at least one important respect, her life was utterly extraordinary Her father was the great Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball Stealing Home is her story of growing up in the shadow of a hero, and it offers a remarkable portrait of an African American family who embodied the American Dream of the 1950s This is also the story of a man who changed the world, and of the true complexity underneath the superficial perfection of the family immortalized in the pages of Life magazine Sharon reveals how even the Robinsons weren t able to buy a house in the exclusive Connecticut suburbs without the intervention of white friends, and the often painful alienation of living in two worlds, black and white Candid and loving, Sharon writes of her father s tireless work for civil rights, as well as his seemingly contradictory political associations and his eventual disillusionment with a system that used him for its own purposes She also describes the anguish of her older brother, struggling under the weight of being Jackie Jr who sought escape first in the army, then in heroin addiction And finally she tells her own story how, like so many women of her generation, she left her father s home for her new husband s, only to find that somewhere along the way she had lost her own identity.

    One thought on “Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson”

    1. The title is not actually accurate. It was the story of Sharon Robinson with her dad in the periphery of her life.

    2. Stealing Home by Mary Stolz was a nice book to read to my 9 year old grandson. The book centers its story around 10 year old Thomas and his grandfather who live very simply in a small home on the beach near Miami, FL. Thomas and his grandfather share a passion for the Pirates, who spring train not far from their home. They've lost all their closest relatives and are all each other have (except for a cat and mean duck) until Grandfather's sister-in-law comes for what she terms a visit, but instea [...]

    3. The description GoodReads has listed for this book is for another book; this is not a story about Jackie Robinson. A boy lives with his grandfather in Florida. They are quite comfortable living near the beach. They solve puzzles, walk along the beach, collect shells, etc. All is good. The boy has a cat.Then Aunt Linzy comes to visit. She disrupts the harmony of the house. Grandfather and his sister do not get along. The boy is ousted from his bedroom to accommodate her. The cat still sleeps in t [...]

    4. The story begins with Sharon relaying the story of the integration of baseball which was lead by her father, Jackie Robinson. Jackie is not mentioned much after this except for within a few of the childhood memories Sharon shares. She mainly focuses on the difficulties she encountered growing up in an all-white neighbor and attending an all-white neighborhood. To promote relationships with her own race, her parents have Sharon join a social club for African Americans with children in similar fam [...]

    5. It was a realy good book and it was not actuly about Baseball it is about a girl named Linzy she came to a relative's house to visit and tidyed,panted,and ironed there cloths

    6. I was searching for books set in Florida, for a writing project, when I previewed this children's book set in the Bradenton area.

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