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Signed Bookplate Edition - Just Us (Hardback)

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Introducing Just Us: An American Conversation—the new book from Claudia Rankine, the multi-award-winning poet, playwright, essayist and recipient of a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship—available now with a bookplate signed by the author.

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Perhaps known best for her poetry, including the critically acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric, Rankine here turns her hand to prose non-fiction for an exploration of race and racism that takes whiteness as its principal subject—unpicking the historical variations of this seemingly inscrutable construct, the myth of white as ‘normal’ and ‘standard’ to which other ethnicities are peripheral, and the seeming defensiveness provoked when people are confronted with the fact of their whiteness.

Through an innovative format—a mighty hardback that sits the text of the book beside images, footnotes, quotes and research studies—Rankine spans the historical atrocities of antiblack racism, and its current political and institutional manifestations. Yet Just Us is, most valuable of all, a book where the insight of a brilliant mind meets her daily lived experience—the daily apparitions of a system built on racism, those things said or not said, done or not done, at dinner parties, airport lines, parent-teacher evenings. At the theatre, reading the news, in therapy, on the phone to her friends—Rankine brings an academic scrutiny to the everyday to analyse, ask back and second-guess both the responses of her friends and her own, to ask questions like How can the West overcome its racist history? Is it possible to have a conversation without racism? Is not saying anything, or changing the subject, a form of culpability? Is it possible to have a conversation, a friendship, a marriage, outside of race? And is that even desirable?

Just Us is an essential addition to the canon of antiracist literature, publishing in a cultural moment that straddles Black Lives Matter protests and the rise of the far right, and the imminent US election in November. It’s a rich, sophisticated exploration by a dazzlingly talented writer that takes the conversation on race deeper than the news cycle, to the institutional, to the internalised, and the psychological.


BiographyMemoirsFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poetsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial discrimination Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 03/09/2020 ISBN-13: 2369537075744  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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