The Matter of Black Lives

Writing from The New Yorker

by Jelani Cobb, David Remnick

On Sale: 09/28/2021

The Matter of Black Lives

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The Matter of Black Lives

Writing from The New Yorker

by Jelani Cobb, David Remnick

On Sale: 09/28/2021

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About the Book

A collection of The New Yorker‘s groundbreaking writing on race in America—including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, and more—with a foreword by Jelani Cobb

This anthology from the pages of the New Yorker provides a bold and complex portrait of Black life in America, told through stories of private triumphs and national tragedies, political vision and artistic inspiration. It reaches back across a century, with Rebecca West’s classic account of a 1947 lynching trial and James Baldwin’s “Letter from a Region in My Mind” (which later formed the basis of The Fire Next Time), and yet it also explores our current moment, from the classroom to the prison cell and the upheavals of what Jelani Cobb calls “the American Spring.” Bringing together reporting, profiles, memoir, and criticism from writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Elizabeth Alexander, Hilton Als, Vinson Cunningham, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Jamaica Kincaid, Kelefa Sanneh, Doreen St. Félix, and others, the collection offers startling insights about this country’s relationship with race. The Matter of Black Lives reveals the weight of a singular history, and challenges us to envision the future anew. 


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Critical Praise

"An essential volume for readers interested in the Black past and present, as all readers should be." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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"A must-read." - Daily Beast

  “Immersive and engaging . . . Reading three decades of essays on this important and urgent topic, one is appalled that we know so much and have repeatedly done so little with that knowledge, as well as simultaneously hopeful and skeptical that technological solutions can save us now.” - Library Journal

“Illuminating and powerful . . . a memorable book with a resounding message.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063017597
  • ISBN 10: 0063017598
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 09/28/2021
  • Pages: 848
  • List Price:43.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / African American
  • BISAC2 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / Social History

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