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Author: Ijeoma Oluo Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781538475324
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A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide

In So You Want to Talk about Race, editor-at-large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor’s seminal essay “The Meaning of a Word.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin’s impassioned voice clearly conveys the gravity of this book on race and racism…Turpin walks listeners through each chapter, allowing them time to absorb the impact of topics from Affirmative Action to police brutality…[and] Turpin engagingly reads real-life examples Oluo uses to illustrate complex concepts such as intersectionality and white privilege…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a writer have such an instant, visceral, electric impact on readers. Ijeoma Oluo’s…the kind of unstoppable force that obliterates the very concept of immovable objects.”

    Lindy West, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Read it, then recommend it to everyone you know.”

    Harper’s Bazaar

  • “While so many people want to become ‘thought leaders,’ ‘bloggers,’ or even just ‘influential,’ Oluo is eons past that.”

    Forbes

  • “Oluo takes on the thorniest questions surrounding race, from police brutality to who can use the ‘N’ word.”

    New York Times

  • “A unique attempt to bridge the gap between Americans who talk and think regularly about race in America and those who don’t—most typically, white people. While impassioned and unflinching, this writer offers a straightforward treatise on how to dismantle racism in the United States by first understanding how it works.”

    Vogue

  • “Delivers a punch while describing the realities of blackness in America.”

    Bust magazine

  • “With a clever approach that uses anecdotes, facts, and a little humor, the author challenges all readers to assess their own beliefs and perceptions while clearly looking at polarizing issues…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A well-organized, well-argued, and lively collection of essays…Oluo is persuasive, sympathetic and funny. She is also direct…This is a challenging, sympathetic, and beautifully organized how-to manual for anyone who wants to address problems of race and racism in the US.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “Insightful and trenchant but not preachy…A topical book in a time when racial tensions are on the rise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “You are not going to find a more user-friendly examination of race in America than Ijeoma Oluo’s fantastic new book. The writing is elegantly simple, which is a real feat when tackling such a thorny issue. Think of it as Race for the Willing-to-Listen.”

    Andy Richter, writer and actor

  • “Oluo has created a brilliant and thought-provoking work. Seamlessly connecting deeply moving personal stories with practical solutions, readers will leave with inspiration and tools to help create personal and societal transformations. A necessary read for any white person seriously committed to better understanding race in the United States.”

    Matt McGorry, actor

  • A Harper’s Bazaar Pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018
  • A Vogue Pick of 7 Books to Change Your Life
  • A January New York Times Pick of New and Noteworthy
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for Black History Month

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About the Author

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She was named one of the most influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine. She’s the editor-at-large at The Establishment, a media platform run and funded by women.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.