The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race - Jesmyn Ward

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Following in the footsteps of James Baldwin and his collection of essays, The Fire Next Time, Jesmyn Ward has gathered the work of today’s leading black writers for The Fire this Time (Scribner, $25). Featuring Claudia Rankine, Edwidge Danticat, Isabel Wilkerson, and many others, this collection makes an important contribution to the current discussion of race relations in America. Ranging from essays on Rachel Dolezal and the murals instructing New Yorkers what to do if they witness police brutality, to poetry and the legacy of Baldwin and his contemporaries, this forum reminds readers that the black community continues to experience the same bias it did when Baldwin was living and working. These pages are full of history, cultural criticism, and vivid first-hand accounts of what it means to be a part of the black community. Readers familiar with The Fire Next Time will find that its namesake does not copy nor repeat Baldwin’s original work, but draws from that powerful writer and expands on his thought in new ways. This quickly became one of my favorite books of the year. The power of hearing multiple black voices in one collection makes The Fire This Time well worth reading and a great holiday gift.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner - August 2nd, 2016

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ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

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