Begin Again

Begin Again

James Baldwin's America and It's Urgent Lessons for Our Own

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same."-- Time

James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?

Named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune * Winner of the Stowe Prize * Shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

"Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again."--James Baldwin

Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America's ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin's "after times," argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement's call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism.

In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography--drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews--with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism's continued grip on the national soul, Begin Again is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525575320
0525575324
Branch Call Number: 305.8009 GLAUDE E
Characteristics: xxix, 239 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_DirectorBrad Aug 29, 2020

I am rarely pushy when it comes to recommending a book (I hope!), but I implore you to find a copy of Begin Again by Eddie Glaude Jr., and read it immediately.

It's like having a brilliant professor holding your hand and walking you through how--sadly--James Baldwin's words provide so much wisd... Read More »


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LPL_DirectorBrad Aug 29, 2020

I am rarely pushy when it comes to recommending a book (I hope!), but I implore you to find a copy of Begin Again by Eddie Glaude Jr., and read it immediately.

It's like having a brilliant professor holding your hand and walking you through how--sadly--James Baldwin's words provide so much wisdom and guidance when it comes to combatting racism in our country.

I had read several outstanding books on racism and antiracism the past several months. This one is right at the top of the list.

Beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this one today. Essential reading!!

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