Citizen: An American Lyric

By Claudia Rankine
Read by Allyson Johnson

1.62 Hours 04/21/2015 unabridged
Format: Digital Download
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    ISBN: 9781494580513

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2015

A New York Times bestseller

Finalist for the National Book Award

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The book of the year is Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. It would have been the book of any year…Citizen asks us to change the way we look; we have to believe that that might lead to changing the way we live.” New Yorker (A Page-Turner)
Combining poetry, essay, and images from media and contemporary art, Rankine's poetics capture the urgency of her subject matter. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms…Citizen throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that reduction of injustice is the same as freedom.” New York Times Book Review
“Part protest lyric, part art book, Citizen is a dazzling expression of the painful double consciousness of black life in America.” Washington Post
“Allyson Johnson captures every ounce of the pathos and shock contained in the stories of the racial injustice…Johnson’s measured drama and impassioned dialogue interpretations rivet the listener’s attention…Her memorable performance provides auditory texture and impact for the audiobook…The achievement of this audio is how it allows these stories and the author’s powerful perspective to compel more empathy and vigilance about this lingering problem in America. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Rankine inspires sympathy and outrage, but most of all a will to take a deep look at ourselves and our society.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A prism of personal perspectives illuminates [Rankine’s] meditations on race…Powerful.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of several previous books, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. She currently is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Pomona College.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 1.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English