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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays (Hardcover)

| Ecco Pr | 3/26/2019

ISBN-10 : 0062684302   ISBN-13 : 9780062684301   List Price : $27.99

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From the cofounder of, and one of the most?read?writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be black (and male) in AmericaFor Damon Young, there is a particular neurosis to being black in America today. One where?Did that happen because I’m black? If this is happening because I’m black, how am I supposed to react?as a professional black person? are questions that play on a loop in his mind, every day of every week.Combining a provocative sense of humor with an unapologetic look at race and racism,?What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker?chronicles Young’s attempt to answer these questions, and explores how these queries?and the angsts and anxieties they induce?both create and constrict our ideas of blackness and what it means to be a man. From rejoicing over Barack Obama’s election (and hoping he wouldn’t get assassinated during his victory speech) to deconstructing the ethos of the black barbershop, from the alternative realities he invented to deal with economic anxiety to the ways he tried to grapple with the social issues that led to his mother’s death, Young celebrates the idiosyncrasies of blackness while offering devastatingly funny and powerful critiques of racism and patriarchy?balancing all of these race-related absurdities with his own anxieties about his place in the world.From one of the most respected up-and-coming cultural observers of our time,?What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker?is a hilarious and honest debut about the search for authenticity in America.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0062684302
  • ISBN-13: 9780062684301
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 5.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)
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