REVIEW: Los Angeles Times – “Being Someone You Are Not”

“Her biographical and narrative skills give nuance and depth to the touchy, often explosive topic of ‘passing’ . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: Salon – “Passing and the American Dream”

“These days we’re supposed to think race doesn’t matter. But as ‘The Human Stain’ and a raft of recent writing makes clear, we’re just as fascinated by its slippery boundaries as ever” continue reading

NOTICE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch – “Best books of 2003 – (Nonfiction): Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are”

” . . . this intriguing book looks at people who pretend to be what they aren’t . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: St. Louis Post-Dispatch – “Six Stories Explore People Who Can’t – or Won’t – Be Themselves”

” . . . The . . . stories . . . progress through increasing layers of complexity. ” continue reading

REVIEW: Black Issues – “Review of Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are”

” . . . . All the passion and pain of these provocative possibilities are sliced wide open over society’s razor-sharp lines of sexual, economic and racial distinction in Brooke Kroeger’s book . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: Jerusalem Post – “Identity crisis”

” . . . Kroeger’s own definition of “passing” is more nuanced: “presenting oneself as other than who one understands oneself to be. . . .” continue reading

REVIEW: The Crisis – “Now Everyone Is Wondering Who to Be or Not to Be”

” . . . she believes that passing may have a courageous cast. . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: The Jewish Week – “The Pretenders: New book offers intimate portraits of six people who ‘passed'”

” . . This is a compassionate book, as Kroeger gives voice to the complex struggles of her subjects . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: Dallas Morning News – “Passing” When People Can’t Be Who They Are

” . . . The poignant portraits leave you wondering not why people choose to pass but, rather, why society hasn’t changed enough to let them simply be who they are..” continue reading

REVIEW: The Village Voice – “Masked & Pseudonymous”

” . . . For Kroeger, finding contemporary passers like Matthews was surprisingly easy: . . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: PW FORECASTS; Nonfiction; Pg. 55

August 25, 2003 Monday PASSING: When People Can’t Be Who They Are Brooke Kroeger. Public Affairs, $25 (240p) ISBN 1-891620-99-1 Biographer Kroeger, whose lives of reporter Nellie Bly (1994) and novelist Fannie Hurst (1999) were well received, now extends Hurst’s … continue reading

REVIEW: Booklist – “Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are”

“. . . An engaging look at how certain people choose to deal with social inequities.” continue reading

NOTICE: Curve – “Q & A: Brooke Kroeger”

“My specific interest for this book was not in every kind of passing, but the passing people perpetrate in order to bypass being excluded unjustly. . . ” continue reading

VIDEO: CBS “Sunday Morning” – “Blurring the Lines”

“Ssome people who pass as something they are not find it can make life easier.” continue reading

NOTICE: Richard Prince’s “Journal-isms” – “Editor of Afro Papers Had Son Passing for White”

“A light-skinned longtime editor of the Afro-American newspapers had a son who decided to pass for white . . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: The Argus Leader – “Minorities explore how history becomes personal: February fosters discussion, look at future”

“Authors such as Brooke Kroeger and James McBride are cross-referencing their own memories with accepted history to explore topics such as ‘passing’ . . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: The Jewish Chronicle – “Identity parades: Writer Elisabeth Luard describes her defiant removal of her family mask”

“Every now and then, a book is published which reveals something so blindingly obvious you can1t imagine why no one has ever pointed it out before. . . . ” continue reading

REVIEW: Kansas City Jewish Chronicle – “Identity issues: Book by KC native explores phenomenon of ‘passing’ “

“What ties the individual stories together is that each person “… was fulfilling reasonable, honorable aims and ambitions,” Kroeger said. “And what was blocking them didn’t make sense.” continue reading

NOTICE: Philadelphia Inquirer – “‘Passing’ takes on different shades these days”

“While masquerading as another race may be outdated, today’s blurred ethnic lines can invite wrong assumptions.” continue reading

NOTICE: The Times of London – “Pale Imitations”

“Although Kroeger broadens her definition of the phenomenon to encompass, for instance, gays pretending to be straight, she still found examples of old-style passing. . . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: The Scotsman – “Passing Judgment”

“The Great Gatsby notion of social mobility is very much part of our culture . . .” continue reading

NOTICE: The Washington Post – “When the Truth Isn’t Enough to Set You Free”

“Kroeger came to see passing as being about how an individual chooses to live his or her ‘one unrepeatable life. . . .” continue reading

NOTICE: The Chicago Tribune – “America’s peculiar ‘passing’ fancy”

“Passing puts us in touch with the wondrous ability each person has to create and recreate the self …” continue reading

NOTICE: People Magazine – “CONTROVERSY: Hidden Identities”

“In THE HUMAN STAIN, Anthony Hopkins plays a black man denying his race. Such charades don’t just happen in the movies.” continue reading

NOTICE: The Associated Press – “Decades after Segregation’s Demise, Passing for White Remains a Resonant Topic”

“Passing may also have a positive legacy, according to Kroeger, who writes in her book that it ”upends all our tidy little methods of recognizing and categorizing human beings.” continue reading

NOTICE: The New York Daily News – “The Perils of Passing”

“Wherever there are prejudice and preconceptions, there’s passing . . .” continue reading

NOTICE: Newsday – “Taking the Passing Lane”

“Somehow or another, they are all the victims of unjust exclusion, and they ask themselves, ‘Why should I accept this?’ ” continue reading

NOTICE: The Dallas Morning News – “Why Some Are Compelled to Hide Their True Selves”

” . . . Her point is to not judge the people who are passing but the society that forces them to hide who they really are. In other words, don’t hate the player, hate the game. . . . ” continue reading

NOTICE: The Charlotte Observer – “Pop Culture Commentary: Young people’s multicultural pride makes ‘passing’ obsolete.”

“Embracing their heritage, this generation rejects racial typing.” continue reading

NOTICE: The Winston-Salem Chronicle – “Crossing the Color Line”

“I think the response today to an exposed passing is different. It’s kind of a big ‘so what . . .’” continue reading

NOTICE: The Atlanta Inquirer – “Examining A Blemished Soul”

” . . . does authenticity matter? How much information is owed another? When is nondisclosure lying, and more profoundly, how does lying (about your being, existing) affect the soul?” continue reading