Breathe

Breathe

A Letter to My Sons

Book - 2019
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"Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love--finding beauty and possibility in life--and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9780807076552
9780807076569
Characteristics: 163 pages ; 19 cm

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STPL_JessH Nov 13, 2019

Whether or not you have sons, Breathe is well worth the read. Perry tackles crucially important discourses and there are thoughtful moments of poignant wisdom throughout the text. I kept stopping to reread sentences that were particularly beautifully written. I admire Perry's ability to weave nuance throughout complex issues of family, race, gender, religion, and being. So much of what she has to say about becoming is quote-worthy. I will definitely read her work again.

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