Shirlee Taylor Haizlip: 'Finding Grace' Author Shirlee Taylor Haizlip joins NPR's Tavis Smiley to talk about America's own caste system of race and class -- a system that continues to divide families and the nation. With Finding Grace, Haizlip continues to explore race identity where she left off in her groundbreaking best-seller The Sweeter the Juice. Hear the author read excerpts from her latest book.

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip: 'Finding Grace'

Author Continues Her Exploration of Race, Identity and Family

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip: 'Finding Grace'

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Web Extra: Haizlip Reads a Letter Replying to Her First Book, 'The Sweeter the Juice'

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Web Extra: Hear Haizlip Read an Excerpt from 'Finding Grace'

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The recent disclosure that the late Sen. Strom Thurmond had a daughter with a young black woman sent shockwaves through the nation, bringing to surface some of American's greatest demons -- race, class, family and identity.

The white Southerner, who once ran for president as a segregationist Dixiecrat, kept the truth secret for decades, until his daughter Essie Mae Washington-Williams revealed the truth.

Author Shirlee Taylor Haizlip's groundbreaking bestseller The Sweeter the Juice documented her quest to reunite her African-American mother with Haizlip's aunt, who'd passed as white.

Haizlip's sequel, Finding Grace: Two Sisters and the Search for Meaning Beyond the Color Line, is a meditation on America's own caste system of race and class -- a system that continues to divide families and the nation.

She joined NPR's Tavis Smiley in his Los Angeles studio recently to talk about race relations in America today.