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Author: Patricia J. Williams Narrator: Sharon Washington Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781461812906
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Open House strings together a delightful array of observations, reminiscences, anecdotes, and commentaries by renowned columnist Patricia Williams. Written with her trademark wit and insight, she relates stories about the many facets of her life—as a lawyer, scholar, writer, African-American, descendant of slaves, mother, and single, fifty-something woman—always aware of the ironies inherent in situations when her many identities don’t conform to societal expectations. She tells us of her Great Aunt Mary, who crossed the color line one day while boarding a train; about her Best White Friend, who believes that the only thing standing between the author and an eligible husband is a makeover; about the day she and her family learned how to eat watermelon without fear of racial judgment; and about why she worships Oprah. She also tackles serious subjects, such as cloning and the legacy of slavery and privacy issues in the cyberage, all with her characteristic sparkling humor and originality. Always provocative, never didactic, Open House is an entertaining journey through the rooms of Pat Williams’ imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patricia Williams writes about timely subjects in a timeless way, in a voice that is both personal and objective. She is the rare writer who can be trusted with both our minds and our hearts.”

    Gloria Steinem

  • “From the intellectual powerhouse who brought us The Alchemy of Race and Rights comes a delightful book that could well be called The Alchemy of Passion and Purpose. This book is a treat. A real bon bon for the brain.”

    Veronica Chambers, author When Did You Stop Loving Me

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About the Author

Patricia J. Williams is a columnist and a professor of law at Columbia University. Her previous books are The Rooster’s Egg and The Alchemy of Race and Rights. She also contributes regularly to Ms. and The Village Voice.

About the Narrator

Sharon Washington is a critically acclaimed actress, whose performances have been called “Sensational … A breakout … Ferociously funny” by the New York Times. Notable theater credits include “The Lady” in the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys; Lady Anne, alongside Denzel Washington, in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III; and Valeria, alongside Christopher Walken, in Coriolanus. She is a graduate of Darmouth College and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.