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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Review forthcoming. Thoughtful, sobering essay collection with moments of memoir. Some exceptional moments, some repetitive ideas, a glaring absence of reckoning with the intersection of race and gender. Well worth a read.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Wallis NYT? Very much looking forward to you expounding on the glaring absence of reckoning.


message 2: by Sarah (new)

Sarah That glaring absence is a recurring failure of Coates.


Linda I agree that the intersection of race and gender is not directly addressed, but there are the seeds of such a wrestling here. We may hope for that in the next book.


Dakota McCoy Agreed re: gender, and I agree with Linda as well- let’s hope that these ideas develop further in the next book!


Chelsea I would enjoy a separate book going into gender/race but I think that would expand the scope of this particular collection to a point of unwieldiness. Every book can't be everything.


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