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You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Tarana Burke and Dr. Bren Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience.

Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more

It started as a text between two friends.

Tarana Burke, founder of the me too. Movement, texted researcher and writer Bren Brown to see if she was free to jump on a call. Bren assumed that Tarana wanted to talk about wallpaper. They had been trading home decorating inspiration boards in their last text conversation so Bren started scrolling to find her latest Pinterest pictures when the phone rang.

But it was immediately clear to Bren that the conversation wasnt going to be about wallpaper. Taranas hello was serious and she hesitated for a bit before saying, "Bren, you know your work affected me so deeply, but as a Black woman, Ive sometimes had to feel like I have to contort myself to fit into some of your words. The core of it rings so true for me, but the application has been harder."

Bren replied, "Im so glad were talking about this. It makes sense to me. Especially in terms of vulnerability. How do you take the armor off in a country where youre not physically or emotionally safe?"

Long pause.

"Thats why Im calling," said Tarana. "What do you think about working together on a book about the Black experience with vulnerability and shame resilience?"

There was no hesitation.

Burke and Brown are the perfect pair to usher in this stark, potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process the trauma of white supremacy, a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.
Product Details

Author: Burke, Tarana

Language: English


Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Random House

Release Date: 2021-04-27

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0593243625

ISBN13: 9780593243626