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Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

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A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gende
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Liza Wiemer
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and found the stories to be inspiring. Not only that, but after some reflection what impressed me was the attitude of almost every one of the authors. They faced difficult challenges, but the lack of bitterness was impressive, especially since they could easily have fallen into that and allowed their anger, frustration, hurt, and pain to be their message. Instead, almost every one utilized their adversity—whether it was racism, anti-Semitism, a disa ...more
Books like this one that have multiple authors often carry the risk of being uneven in quality, depending on the authors included. I was impressed by the high quality of all the selections in this book. That's rare for a book like this. I found each account compelling and thought-provoking. I also appreciated the variety of experiences that were included. Obstacles of many kinds are shared by those telling their stories in this book. Physical disability, childhood trauma, bullying, racism, lack ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading through this. I read this while I was traveling for work, and it was easy to read a few stories at a time but not feel like I was getting lost in the narrative of a book since this is filled with short stories of all different kinds from 48 different voices.
I think that this is a wonderful YA book that gives so much meaning to the word persist.
If you're looking for stories from individuals (celebrities, athletes, average joes, etc.) about how they got through some road
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
This is an incredibly inspiring book. Stories of strength and persistence by people from all walks of life; important stories that need to be shared so that we can all start to understand the adversity that our fellow humans face every day.
Stephanie Ward
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Nevertheless, We Persisted' is exactly what it's title says: stories about hate and prejudice and how these people overcame their obstacles with strength, courage, and defiance. I'm not normally a YA contemporary person - especially not nonfiction, but I'm glad I gave this book a shot because it really opened my heart and my eyes. We all go about our daily lives with problems that bother us - some small and others large - and we can decide to let them win or we can defeat them. I can personally ...more
Inspirational middle grade/YA book on people who persisted despite all obstacles.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage by Amy Klobuchar, 275 pages. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books), 2018. $18.99

Language: R (12 swears, 4 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



The 48 contributors who have shared their stories have done so to help readers know that they are not alone, that they can overcome the obstacles in their paths, and that they can accomplish anything they want. These m
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.
In this world where we are defined by our limitations and
Ben Truong
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage is an anthology of personal essays collected and edited by In This Together Media with a Forward by Amy Klobuchar. This anthology explores the disenfranchised and how they through defiance and courage persisted despite what is happening around them. It covers heavy topics of prejudice, racism, sexism, and targeted to children and middle graders.

For the most part, I really like most of these entries – if not all of them. Eac
Carro Herdegen
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: R (12 swears, 4 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13
The 48 contributors who have shared their stories have done so to help readers know that they are not alone, that they can overcome the obstacles in their paths, and that they can accomplish anything they want. These men and women have faced biases and bigotry, war and injury, divorce and disability, discouragement and more—and they have chosen to come out of all those hardships on top. They rally around their readers to help ea
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a variety of individuals from politicians to professional athletes to teen activists. These are real people telling real stories in their own words. As a result, these essays are often a little less polished than those in similar anthologies (recent release Hope Nation for instance). However, these stories are still powerful. Two standouts include a letter written from an older sister to her younger brother who was a victim of the Sandy Hoo ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trying to read this book at work was definitely a mistake. Damn thing made my cry. But then, I should have known better, right? This book for sure succeeded in it's goals. It made me think about my place in the world, how I am, and the people around me are, effected by privilege or oppression. Many of the stories in these pages were indeed heartbreaking, but they all had happy endings. The world isn't where it needs to be yet; but with people in it (like those who's stories are in this book) doi ...more
Erinn Batykefer
Wow. This was great. I don't know what else to say about it other than I think this was a book I would have needed when I was younger. The breadth of voices that are pulled together here, and the fact that each of them struggled in a different way when they were teenagers (this is key!), is humbling to read, and a great empathy-builder. It's non-fiction with short narratives, there are recognizable figures in it from across a wide swath of profession and cultures, and I can see it being easy to ...more
Gabrielle McCaffrey
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, as it said the book has 48 inspiring stories that range from people overcoming racism to people overcoming disabilities or coming out as gay, lesbian, and more. Though this book has some stories that may not be considered very kid appropriate all of them has a strong sense of strength from the person telling them. They have people that feel so real and relatable. Because they are. The people in this book have experienced all of these things and they persisted they trived. They ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was the worst takeover of a hot quote/knock off of StoryCorps I have read. The people’s stories are touching but the sentiments are so Hallmark Greeting Card/list of things you never say to someone in the shit. And pacing/order is... off putting. For example, the story of a guy who got dumped for being short (and his dad’s advice to be grateful because he will find someone better) was next to the story of the sister of a Sandy Hook victim.

It was not until I searched for this in Goodreads in
Sarah Adamson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book which is a collection of stories from people who have been told they’re wrong, they’re not capable, they’re not the right shape or size or color or ability or like the wrong gender. All have persevered in their lives to find their way forward - with courage, with fear, with hope.
On balance, all stories are worth a book in themselves. Some were very well written, some done in the style of interviews which I found harder to read. A great book to inspire hope and inspiration in a
Lionel Torres
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book. At first, it was kind of boring and somehow I didn't understand what the gender of the individual was because the author's name of the particular essay could be used for both genders. Then, it got really interesting and I liked seeing the different characters persevere and go against the conforms of society, like going against prejudice and bullying, especially the LGBT characters because I love seeing that books. People like Wade Davis and Gavin Grimm and many others. Thi ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short collection of essays by people from all walks of life conquering adversity was vey inspiring in the current era. From standing up to sexism and homophobia, to making great strides for a particular race, to recognizing and flourishing in the face of discrimination against a disability, this book is a great read for anyone who feels like they are up against a wall. There is an answer, there is support, and there is a way. You just have to persist.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays written by people who defied the odds and were successful in developing their dreams and aspirations. Some of the contributors are celebrities and others are not, but they are all dedicated to making the world a better place. My major criticism of the book is that, which a few exceptions, their stories are neoliberal accounts of personal success without a systemic analysis of the material conditions that held them down in the first place.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with any compilation, some of the stories were better than others, but overall it was a quick and interesting read. It did feel sort of odd that there was a huge disparity between some of the topics (i.e. there was a story from a Holocaust survivor recounting being separated from her family at Auschwitz, right after a story about someone playing basketball). But overall, most of the personal stories were eye-opening in some way or another.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book of short stories was an interesting read but, unfortunately not as compelling as I thought it would be. It seemed as though many of the stories were really edited down and I felt like I was missing large details. Overall, a good read if you want something a little more uplifting and to get to know some new people that you might not know the stories of yet.
This is a collection of essays about people who persevered against the challenges presented by racism, bigotry, and various types of discriminating. Some of the stories are inspiring. Others were less so. It definitely has a political agenda, which is not a bad thing, but it will appeal mostly to people who are Team Blue Democrats.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book was really good. i loved reading all these stories from different perspectives and formats. there weren't just essays, there was a comic as well as multiple interviews. all the stories were diverse and i was able to see life from a different perspective, and i really enjoyed it. 11/10 top notch book
48 short stories by people who persisted in a variety of difficult situations A wide variety of stories: Holocaust survivor, paraplegic basketball player who teaches in the Middle East to those wounded in the war, rape survivors, immigrants... Some truly inspirational stories that deserve to be heard.
Jani Hitchen
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So this was an amazing collection of experiences that people have had to go through. Some made you cry, some made you angry but most made you applaud the human spirit that would keep you going no matter how many times someone pushed you do!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the breadth and scope of the voices represented in this collection. If I could change anything, it would be to maybe organize the book into sections; social justice warriors, sports, television/movie stars, etc. However, what an uplifting, inspiring collection!
Krissy  Elias
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read. The writing was somewhat subpar (after all, it was written by a variety of people who don’t always write) but he stories of perseverance, faith, and confidence were, to say the least, inspirational.
ella freihage
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
an amazing and inspiring book!

my only problem with it, the book is full of success stories! i’m happy for them but what about the people who just did not make it?

Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a collection of short essays of persistence which inspired me in many ways.
Janice Pauc
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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