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This Will Be My Undoing

Morgan Jerkins' collection of essays gives insight into what it means to be a Black woman in the United States.

Morgan Jerkins

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, Black history, misogyny and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a Black woman today.

Morgan Jerkins is only in her 20s, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn't afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to "be" — to live as, to exist as — a Black woman today? This is a book about Black women, but it's a necessary reading for anyone.

Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, Black women are objectified, silenced and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country's larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural and historical story of Black female oppression that influences the Black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large. 

Whether she's writing about Sailor Moon, the stigma of therapy, her complex relationship with her own physical body, being a Black visitor in Russia or disabled Black women in the context of the "Black Girl Magic" movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory. (From HarperCollins)

This Will Be My Undoing is available in January 2018.

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