This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America Paperback – 8 Feb 2018
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“Without turning linguistic or lyrical cartwheels, Jerkins lucidly articulates social dynamics that have dictated the realities of American black women for centuries…. Indeed, [This Will Be My Undoing] is a book I wish everyone in this country would read.” (New York Times Book Review)
“In Morgan Jerkins’s remarkable debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, she is a deft cartographer of black girlhood and womanhood. From one essay to the next, Jerkins weaves the personal with the public and political in compelling, challenging ways. Her prodigious intellect and curiosity are on full display throughout this outstanding collection. The last line of the book reads, ‘You should’ve known I was coming,’ and indeed, in this, too, Jerkins is prescient. With this collection, she shows us that she is unforgettably here, a writer to be reckoned with.” (Roxane Gay)
Morgan Jerkins is a star, a force, a blessing, a scholar and a critic, and now can add great American essayist to that list! I found myself sighing, nodding, gasping, laughing, and crying while reading this collection–but mostly cheering! We can all sleep well at night knowing this country will inherit heart, mind, and soul like this. It’s safe to say I’ve never read anyone this young–barely at quarter life!–who can understand herself, those around her, past and present, with such dignity and clarity and generosity. Intersectionality in America is dissected, investigated, celebrated and challenged all without being pedantic or preachy or pretentious. And Jerkins is the sort of benevolent intellectual you want to spend time with–who will never lie to you, but also will never let you lie to her. I’ve long known that feminism and arts and media owe so much to the excellent work of black women and This Will be My Undoing is yet another testament to that. (Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons & Other Flammable Objects, The Last Illusion, and Sick)
“Each chapter provides insightful, personal, and frank analysis of how several identities can and do overlap with one another.” (Library Journal Review)
“There’s a radical honesty and warmth in these essays, no matter the topic.” (Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night)
“Threaded together by prose that is at once tender and disarming, Morgan Jerkins’s debut collection is an invitation to conversation with a ferocious intellect and a singular, uncompromising voice. In essays that confront the forces of anti-blackness and misogyny, Jerkins demonstrates that being unflinching does not require that we be unmoved. Readers who encounter this debut will be hard-pressed not to have felt something shifted within themselves when they put it down.” (Alana Massey, author of All the Lives I Want)
“Jerkins is one of the smartest young writers of her generation, and this is an insightful, revelatory collection of personal essays about a variety of today’s important issues. So fantastic.” (Bookriot)
“Jerkins’ forthright examination of her own experiences leads to a triumphant reclaiming of blackness in all its power.” (Booklist)
“Jerkins’s debut collection of essays forces readers to reckon with the humanity black women have consistently been denied. Her writing is personal, inviting, and fearless as she explores the racism and sexism black women face in America... [a] gorgeous and powerful collection.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Jerkins has strong character, and This Will Be My Undoing is likely just the beginning of her influence on the role of black women in the United States. As she is careful to point out, she is just one voice and her story doesn’t speak for all black women, but with any luck her one voice will inspire other voices to add to the chorus of change.” (Shelf Awareness)
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From one of the fiercest critics writing today, a compelling and revelatory collection of linked essays that interweaves personal experience with incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racismSee all Product description
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I particularly appreciate the way Ms. Jerkins portrays her evolving relationship with her own body. Her model of self-care is inspiring. It's rare to see confidence and vulnerability rise to the page in tandem so beautifully.
I have at least half of the book highlighted, and a list of other books and papers to add to my list of things to read in the near future. I related to so much of her thoughts of her past, and of her present. I can also relate to some of the industry struggles, as a BW trying to move up in politics. A tad too personal and raw for me in some spots, but what's a little discomfort if the author herself is willing to be so vulnerable?
A quality read for black and non-black women.