Black is the body stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine

by Bernard, Emily, 1967-

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"A collection of essays on race"--
Going home
Scar tissue
Teaching the N word
Mother on Earth
Black is the body
White friend
Her glory
People like me
Epilogue: my turn.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bernard covers four generations in her family in a dozen essays offering unexpected revelations about race and life experiences. Bernard explains that the book was conceived in a hospital in 2001 when she was recovering from surgery to repair an injury sustained when she and six others were stabbed by a deranged white male while they were sitting in a New Haven, Connecticut, coffeehouse. Bernard then remembers her grandmother and the stories she told about the terror of growing up in Mississippi during Jim Crow. Bernard's parents migrated from Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, with their children; there Bernard recalls a segregated, close-knit, church-centered community. Her parents graduated from Fisk University and the Meharry Medical College; she earned a doctorate at Yale, and as a young professor married a white academic, who figures prominently in the book, along with the two Ethiopian daughters they adopt as babies. Bernard's musings about teaching, interracial marriage, and family are quickly read and richly engaging.--Grace Jackson-Brown Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bernard, a University of Vermont professor of English and race and ethnic studies, intimately explores her life through the lens of race in this contemplative and compassionate collection of personal essays. As a Yale graduate student, Bernard was the victim of a mass stabbing, an event at the center of the book's opening essay, "Beginnings," and her premise that writing about and remembering a traumatic past is a process "fundamental in black American experience." She aims to "contribute something to the American racial drama besides the enduring narrative of black innocence and white guilt," in essays that include "Teaching the N-Word" and "Motherland," about adopting and raising two girls from Ethiopia with her white husband. Bernard's voice throughout is personable yet incisive in exploring the lived reality of race. By examining her family's Southern roots and her present life in Vermont, in "Interstates," she explores the differences and the bridge between white and black in her life. In "Black Is the Body," a beautiful reflection on racial difference and disparities, she acknowledges how race has informed "everything I do, and everything I write." Bernard's wisdom and compassion radiate throughout this thoughtful collection. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bernard, Emily, 1967-
African American women Biography
African Americans Social conditions 21st century
Biography & Autobiography
Literary Criticism
United States Race relations.
Electronic books.
21st century.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780451493033
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