Don't Let It Get You Down by Savala Nolan audiobook

Don't Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body

By Savala Nolan
Read by Savala Nolan

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982137267

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797129297

  • ISBN: 9781797129280

Runtime: 6.78 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A powerful and provocative collection of essays that offers poignant reflections on living between society’s most charged, politicized, and intractably polar spaces—between black and white, rich and poor, thin and fat.

Savala Trepczynski knows what it means to live in the in-between. Descended from a Black and Mexican father and a white mother, Trepczynski’s light complexion has always contrasted with her kinky hair and broad nose to make her mixed-race identity obvious, for better and worse. At her mother’s encouragement, she began her first diet at the age of three and has been painfully thin and truly fat, multiple times. She has experienced both the discomfort of poverty and the ease of wealth.

It is these liminal spaces—of race, class, and body type—that the essays in Don’t Let It Get You Down excavate, presenting a clear and nuanced understanding of our society’s most intractable points of tension. The twelve essays that comprise this collection are rich with unforgettable anecdotes, and are as humorous and as full of Trepczynski’s appetites as they are of anxieties. The result is lyrical and magnetic.

In “On Dating White Guys While Me,” Trepczynski realizes her early romantic pursuits of rich, preppy white guys weren’t about preference, but about self-erasure. In “Don’t Let it Get You Down,” we traverse the cyclical richness and sorrow of being Black in America as Black children face police brutality, “large Black females” encounter stigma, and Black men carry the weight of other people’s fear. In “Bad Education,” we see how women learn to internalize rage and accept violence in order to survive. And in “To Wit and Also” we meet Filliss, Grace, and Peggy, the enslaved women owned by Trepczynski’s white ancestors, reckoning with the knowledge that America’s original sin lives intimately within our present stories. Over and over again, Trepczynski reminds us that our true identities are often most authentically lived not in the black and white, but in the grey of the in-between.

Perfect for fans of Heavy by Kiese Laymon and Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Don’t Let It Get You Down delivers an essential perspective on race, class, bodies, and gender in America today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Trepczynski takes us from the personal to the political and back again as she explores her fascinating range of experiences as a Black American woman. Authoritative, honest, and often bitingly humorous, Don’t Let It Get You Down is a book for our time and every time.” Emily Bernard, author of Black Is the Body
“It takes temerity to tell this kind of truth, to be unbowed by one’s own trepidation. Savala Trepczynski does so boldly, and this book will help so many Black women to get free.” Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage

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Author

Author Bio: Savala Nolan

Author Bio: Savala Nolan

Savala Nolan Trepczynski is a writer, speaker, and lawyer. She is Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She and her writing have been featured in Vogue, Time, NPR, Forbes, Huffington Post, Health, Shape, and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 6.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English