Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

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Read Citizen: An American Lyric Online Free - * Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry *
* Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *

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A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric.

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. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.



Title : Citizen: An American Lyric
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ISBN : 1555976905
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 169 pages


Reviews


Bill rated it ★★★★☆

November 08, 2017

Do you remember that incident early in the primary campaign in 2016 when a young black woman staged a silent protest by reading a book during a Trump rally? Well, this is the book, and I think you should read it too. It covers some of the same ground as Coates' Between the World and Me, but Ranki...


s.p rated it ★★★★☆

April 06, 2016

**Update (4/6/16)** Tonight I had the privilege to attend a reading and discussion with Claudia Rankine here in Holland. It was a real treat. Especially powerful was seeing the visual elements of her book brought to life on the screen, with the video (made by her husband John Lucas), the music al...


Rowena rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2015

This was quite an emotional read for me, the instances of racial aggressions that were illustrated in this book being unfortunately all too familiar. The thing is, most people who commit these microaggressions don't realize they are making them yet they have an accumulated effect on the psyche. I...


Roxane rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2014

This book is necessary and timely. It was timely fifty years ago. I pray it is not timely fifty years from now. Rankine takes on the realities of race in America with elegance but also rage/resignation... maybe we call it rageignation. Outstanding book.


Debbie "DJ" rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2015

Claudia Rankine is an absolute master of the written word. Her gripping accounts of racism, through prose and poetry, moved me deeply. I saw the world through her eyes, a profound experience. I loved this small piece of prose, "feeling most colored when thrown against a sharp white background." A...


Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

June 14, 2015

Look at the cover. A hoodie. The iconic image of American fear. Urban danger. Gang-bangers. A seventeen-year-old boy in Miami Gardens, FL. The shooting death of an unarmed black man The shooting death of an unarmed black man The shooting death of an unarmed black man Let Me Google That For You Trayv...


Whitney rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2017

4.5 stars I read about 40 pages of this back in September for Diverseathon, but for some reason, I really couldn't get into it then. Maybe it was that I should've have forced myself to read it in such a quick amount of time, because this story definitely warrants taking your time and digesting wha...


Didi rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2015

This is a poignant powerful work of art. It's more than a book. The sections study different incidents in American culture and also includes a bit about France (black, blanc beurre). (That part surprised me.) Rankine does a brilliant job taking an in-depth look at life being black. She says the t...


Hadrian rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2016

This is incisive poetry. I read it in a sitting. It's a sort of essay about the kinds of psychological burdens that black people have to deal with constantly about the stigmas of race and certain other people just want to ignore and drown out those who speak out about it. (See the one star review...


Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★★

March 24, 2016

Claudia Rankine zeros in on the microaggressions experienced by non-white people, particularly black females, in the United States. These kinds of books basically make me feel: Possibly the most memorable essay in here examines Serena Williams and her experiences in tennis - how she is portrayed, h...





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