The Other Side is a lyrical examination of race through the eyes of two little girls, one black and one white, who sit on opposite sides of the fence that divides their worlds. When Woodson accepted a prize at the National Book Awards in November 2014, Daniel Handler, the master of ceremonies, made a joke about watermelons. To his surprise, she took him seriously enough to explain that The Other Side deals with this idea of racism through black-and-white comparisons.
Here's an excerpt from the book: "Black people are watermelon gazers. They stare at the color black because it reminds them of themselves - dark and mysterious. White people like to do the same thing with blue eyes because they think it's cool. But there's also a kind of cruelty behind these glances. Watermelon gazers are looking at something beautiful but they're also seeing what they want to get away from."
Jacqueline Woodson was born on January 4th, 1959 in Montgomery, Alabama. She was raised by her mother after her father died when she was very young. She started writing stories when she was a child and always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. In 1980, she graduated from James Madison University with a degree in English. After college, she moved to New York City where she worked as a clerk until she found a job as a proofreader for a publishing company.
Jacqueline Woodson (born February 12, 1963) is an American children's and teen author. Her best-known works are Miracle's Boys and the Newbery Honor books Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. She has also written several adult novels including The House on Sugar Land Road, which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2000.
Woodson was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She has two sisters and one brother. Her mother died when she was nine years old, and she was raised by her father who had multiple health problems himself. This left Jacqueline to take care of her younger siblings, which she did for several years before going to college at Howard University.
After graduating from Howard with a bachelor's degree in English, Woodson moved to New York City where she worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies and wrote articles for publications such as Essence and Ladies' Home Journal. It was here that she began writing stories for herself and her friends' children. These stories later turned into books that have been published over 20 years after their initial release.
Some of her works have been adapted into films, television shows, and documentaries. One of her books, Brown Girl Dreaming, has been listed on many best-of-all-time lists for young adults.
Swanson, the youngest and most beautiful of the ladies in the film, flirts with each available male and even has an affair with a Japanese commander. The Spanish Gardener (1956) is the story of a stuffed-shirt British ambassador who is worried about losing his little son's devotion, who is closer to his gardener than to him. It was based on a novel by John Braine.
Swanson was born in London but grew up in Switzerland where her father was diplomatic representative. She returned to England to study acting and dancing and then moved back to Switzerland where she worked as a model before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1955 she came back to England and got a job as a dresser on this film. The Spanish Gardener was her first role. She didn't like playing pranks so they asked someone else to play that part. After this film she went back to Switzerland again but came back two years later for more filming in England. This time she decided to stay there.
Swanson was married three times: first to actor Peter Bowles, second to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was later to become Prince Charles's husband; and third to Swiss businessman Hans Stucki. She had one child with her first husband and two with her second marriage. Her daughter died at age six after having leukemia for several months. Before marrying her third husband she had lived in a house near Versailles owned by his family.