Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--...

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Title:Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
Author:Emily Bernard
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine Reviews

  • Adam
    Feb 27, 2019
    While Emily Bernard titled her book Black Is the Body, I did not expect the myriad ways that her words could inhabit my mind - ways in which her words seemed to form an almost physical presence. As a teacher, I have spent a good deal of time reading essays, biographies, articles, a...
  • Kristin
    Feb 01, 2019
    A beautiful essay collection about the complexities of living in a black female body in America. Lyrical and literary. Personal and communal. ...
  • Julie Rand
    Mar 05, 2019
    This has been my favorite book so far this year. Bernard's essays gave me so much to think about, especially about the topic of race, in an honest, non-judgmental way. As an adoptive mother, I also loved reading about her adoption of twins from Ethiopia. Bernard's essays are person...
  • Michelle
    Mar 17, 2019
    Beautifully written, intelligent and sensitive essays about the intersection of black and white in America and in the author's life. This was really just lovely, and thought-provoking. The author writes about so many things--living as a black woman in Vermont. Growing up in the South. ...
  • Rebecca H.
    Jan 09, 2019
    This essay collection has pieces on Bernard's experiences as a black woman in Vermont, on her family history in Alabama and Nashville, on her experiences teaching African American literature, and on adopting twin girls from Ethiopia. It's a strong collection, with a lot of interesting ...
  • Eric
    Mar 09, 2019
    Bernard has put together a very solid collection of essays that gave me a feeling that I was reading the transcript of her own internal conversation. Black is the Body is what the title suggests: a collection of essays written her life as a black woman, incorporating experiences that h...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    Feb 18, 2019
    The earlier essays were good. I could really relate to her thinking and experiences. However as the book went on they felt repetitive. I think overall it could?ve been less. Also worth saying. This is a book filled with intimate small essays not essays on giant trauma. It?s not abo...
  • Violeta
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bernard?s essays are thoughtful and complex. Her writing on race, motherhood, place, and the various intersections of those across generations, will stay with me long after reading this book. ...
  • Lindsay Nixon
    Mar 23, 2019
    Maybe "essays" memoirs just don't work for me? Shrug. The entire book felt messy and disorganized. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, particularly not someone who was looking for an insightful memoir on race/what it is like to be black in America (like I was). After reading I'm Stil...
  • Erika Dreifus
    Feb 25, 2019
    Was drawn to read this one?a collection?via a brief preview in Harper's magazine. Appreciate having spent the past several days with it. ...
  • Tricia Nociti
    Oct 21, 2018
    Profound, compelling, relatable, and full of purpose. A new and important addition to the conversation of race and privilege going on in America right now. Ms. Bernard shares the story of her stabbing, her black physical body and also her black cultural body experience. Her willing...
  • Jan Rice
    Mar 29, 2019
    This book is a jumble of ideas and stories. The author is a seeker. But sometimes her ideas exist right next to each other without touching, that is, without the author's connecting them. For example, the very first story is on the episode of mass violence that the author says gave her...
  • Esther Gulli
    Feb 09, 2019
    Spectacular! An amazing tapestry of essays woven together with grace and elegance. Bernard?s book should be required reading for all first year college students. Her reflections on race and otherness are deep and thought provoking. But what I found most moving were her essays on fami...
  • Jeanie Phillips
    Apr 07, 2019
    I LOVED this book with my whole heart! Emily Bernard's essays are rich and deep and timely and beautiful. The writing is gorgeous, the sentiments are layered and complex, every word rings true. The last essay in the book, "People Like Me" should be required reading for all Vermonters. ...
  • Leigh Kramer
    Apr 22, 2019
    The first few chapters were more academic in tone, which can be harder for me as a reader. But then Bernard delved more into her story and I was blown away. This is not a linear memoir and the stories aren?t always connected in obvious ways. But they do have power and I?m very g...
  • Keertana
    Feb 26, 2019
    Rating: 3.5 Stars ...
  • Katie
    Mar 06, 2019
    I found the tone of this book to be somewhat detached, but also I read so much of fear in these essays. I did not connect with the narration, but I wish I had. With the subtitle, I had expected to see more about family experiences throughout generations, but I didn't get a lot of that ...
  • Kate
    Feb 17, 2019
    Just read this in one sitting. Insightful and beautifully written essays. ...
  • Rachel León
    Mar 15, 2019
    Damn, that epilogue. So good. ...
  • Awkward Book Nook (Stephanie)
    Feb 06, 2019
    Teen fantasy is my staple, so this is definitely a change of pace. Also, this review is coming from a white woman who lives in the South, in a place that is 76% white, and racial tension and prejudices are fairly common. This book is written so well and felt so genuine. After the fi...
  • Lacey
    Mar 06, 2019
    Meh. Obviously, this book wasn't written for me. It was written for a non-black audience. The majority of the essays feature the author describing mundane interactions between her husband/daughters/family friends and trying to find some racial significance in them. Maybe it was meant t...
  • K
    Feb 03, 2019
    Wow *cracks knuckles* this book y'all. The introduction and first essay is amazing. So amazing that I had to put the book down and grasp for air. After that, it seemed as though the book went downhill for me, for several reasons. I have a lot in common with the author of this book. I g...
  • K2 -----
    May 02, 2019
    Ms. Bernard is a good writer. As someone who has not lived in the South or in Vermont, or adopted children from another country this book was still relatable. Others have criticized this book for being geared toward a white audience, perhaps they expected something they didn't ...
  • April
    Mar 01, 2019
    I waited to rate this book as I wanted to think about it more and I finally decided on 4 stars. I really enjoyed the book. ...
  • Leo Arnold
    Jan 28, 2019
    Interesting perspective on race relations. Author began writing when hospitalized after being stabbed by a white man. ...
  • Leena Dbouk
    Jan 23, 2019
    I'm usually not a memoir fan but from page one I found Emily Bernards writing compelling, honest and insightful. She opened my eyes to things like adoptive motherhood and various challenges we face when talking about race in America. I only wish she had challenged non black Americans...
  • Kate
    Feb 15, 2019
    A definite contender for my personal best books of 2019 list! This book is a gift. I savored every essay. ...
  • Lisa Porter
    Feb 12, 2019
    Emily Bernard, what a story teller! Loved this book. I laughed, cried, reflected, and learned. Can?t wait to read it again. Emily?s words are magic. Some parts I just want to read over and over again because the writing is so beautiful. ...
  • Laura Partington
    Apr 13, 2019
    Beautifully and simply written. Challenging and powerful stories. Real. I would read anything and everything by this author. ...
  • SharonMO
    Feb 02, 2019
    I found each essay captivatingly intimate. I especially love how Emily expresses her deliberations and honest interpretations of life and humanity. Black Is The Body is a fluid, lovely, meaningful read. If you value motherhood, family, friendship, culture and human connections, you ...