Just Us

Just Us : An American Conversation

4.41 (2,255 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-13 business days.


Not ordering to the United States? Click here.

Description

A TLS, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR

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

'Audacious, revelatory, devastating' Robin DiAngelo

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.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 163 x 240 x 32mm | 932g
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241467101
  • 9780241467107
  • 86,349

Review Text

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
show more

Review quote

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
show more

About Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist and playwright. Just Us completes her ground-breaking 'American Lyric' trilogy, following Don't Let Me Be Lonely and the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Citizen. A MacArthur Fellow and a former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at Yale University.
show more

Rating details

2,255 ratings
4.41 out of 5 stars
5 54% (1,215)
4 35% (793)
3 9% (210)
2 1% (25)
1 1% (12)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X