First, she changed the conversation with CITIZEN: An American Lyric. Now, Claudia Rankine’s essay collection JUST US: An American Conversation has received FOUR starred reviews!
“Touching on Beyoncé, blondness, skin lightening, and the inherent tensions in her own interracial marriage, Rankine once again opens a literary window into the Black experience, for those willing to look in.”–Booklist, starred review
“MacArthur Fellowship recipient Rankine (CITIZEN: An American Lyric) combines poetry, prose, and imagery in this unique and powerful meditation on the challenges of communicating across the racial divide in America… [A]n incisive, anguished, and very frank call for Americans of all races to cultivate their ’empathetic imagination’ in order to build a better future.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A work that should move, challenge, and transform every reader who encounters it.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“‘How does one say/ what if/ without reproach?’ asks Rankine, and proceeds to show us. In the end it is ‘just us’ wanting ‘justice,’ which will require whiteness to be visible and interrogated. A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.“–Library Journal, starred review