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The Resource Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine, by Emily Bernard

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine, by Emily Bernard

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Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine
Title
Black is the body
Title remainder
stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine
Statement of responsibility
by Emily Bernard
Title variation
Black is the body
Title variation remainder
stories from my grandmothers time, my mothers time, and mine
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An extraordinary exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way. ... 'I am black-and brown, too,' writes Emily Bernard. 'Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell.' These twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays explore, up close, 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 New England today. The storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife. 'I was not stabbed because I was black,' she writes (the attacker was white), 'but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. ... There was no connection between us ... yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness.' Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ('The equation of writing and regeneration is fundamental to black American experience'). Each essay goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt; each is anchored in a mystery; each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as Bernard has lived it. And what most interests Bernard is looking at 'blackness at its borders, where it meets whiteness, in fear and hope, in anguish and love.'"--Dust jacket
Summary
A collection of personal essays explores the complexities and paradoxes of growing up black in the South with a white surname as well as the author's experiences with interracial marriage, international adoption, and teaching at a Northern white college
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, 2019.
Biography type
autobiography
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10748891
Cataloging source
DLC
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1967-
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Bernard, Emily
Dewey number
  • 305.48/896073
  • B
  • 305.896/073
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Thorndike Press Large Print Biographies and Memoirs
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  • Bernard, Emily
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • United States
  • Large type books
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Race relations
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
stories from my grandmother's time, my mother's time, and mine
Label
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine, by Emily Bernard
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Scar tissue -- Teaching the N-word -- Interstates -- Mother on Earth -- Black is the body -- Skin -- White friend -- Her glory -- Motherland -- Going home -- People like me -- Epilogue: my turn
Control code
on1083175866
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print.
Extent
319 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432864392
Lccn
2018061110
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083175866
Label
Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine, by Emily Bernard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Scar tissue -- Teaching the N-word -- Interstates -- Mother on Earth -- Black is the body -- Skin -- White friend -- Her glory -- Motherland -- Going home -- People like me -- Epilogue: my turn
Control code
on1083175866
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print.
Extent
319 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432864392
Lccn
2018061110
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1083175866

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