Hi y’all! So I have no theme for June is Audiobook Month this year. I will be posting past winners of Sultry Listeners (as we gear up for this year), audiobooks that moved this year, and spotlighting some of my favorite narrators. My first week though is full of books that I think need to be seen and heard.
Day 2: So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo/ Narrated by Bahni Turpin. Not going to lie, this book made me uncomfortable. I had to confront some things about myself—either things I did or I let slide that happened in front of me. If you are white and listen to this be prepared to think hard. It will make you realize that action and non action both have impacts that need to be addressed. To do better, we need to have uncomfortable conversations and learn some uncomfortable things about ourselves.
- Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
- Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
- Release date: 01-16-18
About the Book:
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners 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 listeners 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.” A Harper’s Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018.