Black Is the Body Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

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Publisher's Synopsis

A New Statesman essential non-fiction read of 2021

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"Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably. . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book."


In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

She observes the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today.

Ultimately, she shows us that it is in our shared experience of humanity that we find connection, happiness and hope.

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About the Publisher

Doubleday

Doubleday

Doubleday is an imprint of Transworld Publishers and publishes bestselling authors such as Bill Bryson, Joanne Harris, Terry Pratchett and Kate Atkinson in hardback.

Book information

ISBN: 9780857527851
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Doubleday
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.48896073
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiii, 217
Weight: 254g
Height: 136mm
Width: 214mm
Spine width: 23mm