Just Us: An American Conversation (Paperback)
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Just Us: An American Conversation (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 02/09/2021
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Deftly combining poetry, prose and image, Just Us is Claudia Rankine’s powerful attempt to understand the division and intolerance of modern America’s culture wars through dialogue with those on opposing sides.

Longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2021

From award-winning writer Claudia Rankine, the stunning follow-up to Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely

At home and in government, contemporary America finds itself riven by a culture war in which aggression and defensiveness alike are on the rise. It is not alone. In such partisan conditions, how can humans best approach one another across our differences?

Taking the study of whiteness and white supremacy as a guiding light, Claudia Rankine explores a series of real encounters with friends and strangers - each disrupting the false comfort of spaces where our public and private lives intersect, like the airport, the theatre, the dinner party and the voting booth - and urges us to enter into the conversations which could offer the only humane pathways through this moment of division.

Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, and to breach the silence, guilt and violence that surround whiteness. Brilliantly arranging essays, images and poems along with the voices and rebuttals of others, it counterpoints Rankine's own text with facing-page notes and commentary, and closes with a bravura study of women confronting the political and cultural implications of dyeing their hair blonde.

Wry, vulnerable and prescient, this is Rankine's most intimate work, less interested in being right than in being true, and being together.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141994086
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 569 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Claudia Rankine marshalls the full range of her substantial talents - from poetry to essay - to explore how racism is lived, privilege is expressed and engagement might be possible. Personal, political, interrogative and, most all, impressive.' - Gary Younge

'This brilliant and multi-layered work is a call, a bid, an insistent, rightly impatient demand for a public conversation on whiteness . . . bold and vital.' - Judith Butler

'In my work, well-meaning white people consistently ask me how to recognize racism. Yet we might ask, "How have we managed not to know?" The information is everywhere, if we care to listen . . . With clarity and grace, Claudia Rankine delivers a gut punch to white denial. Just Us is stunning work - audacious, revelatory, devastating.' - Robin DiAngelo

'In Just Us, Claudia Rankine continues her remarkable and brilliant interrogation of the language, culture, and history that have shaped America, forging through poems, essays, and documents a literary archive that is utterly original and desperately needed.' - Dinaw Mengestu

'Fiercely intimate, rigorous . . . [Just Us] lets all of us in on the conversations - with others and the self - that are necessary for survival.' - Nuar Alsadir

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“A Conversation Starter”

I previously read and loved Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine so was very excited to read Just Us by the same author. Just Us feels much more personal and intimate than Rankine's previous... More

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“Not as good as the last two”

I didn't enjoy this as much as Rankine previous two books but i still liked it. The writing and the subject was really interesting and Rankine has an elegengence and power to her writing. There were a couple of... More

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“This book promises a hopeful dialogue on race in America”

Claudia Rankine's eloquent and intimate style of writing makes this book an enjoyable read, even as it deals with difficult topics. By bringing the reader into conversations Rankine has had with friends and... More

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