• So You Want to Talk About Race

  • By: Ijeoma Oluo
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-16-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that listeners of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk About Race, editor-at-large of the Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystallize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor's seminal essay "The Meaning of a Word." A Harper's Bazaar pick of One of 10 Books to Read in 2018.
©2018 Ijeoma Oluo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Bahni Turpin's impassioned voice clearly conveys the gravity of this book on race and racism.... Key points are repeated to help listeners absorb ideas and definitions, and Turpin engagingly reads real-life examples Oluo uses to illustrate complex concepts such as intersectionality and white privilege." (AudioFile)  
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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 02-08-18

a must read for all white people

this book and its audio is wonderfully done. the audio is clear and the content is never overly complex or academic in nature. this is a mustyl read for white people.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ijeoma Uba on 02-07-18

A Gem

I spent my whole night listening to this book and it was worth it. Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. Ijeoma Oluo hit the nail right on the head! The only issue I had with this audiobook is that Bahni Turpin did not pronounce the Igbo words correctly, but everything else is terrific. I cried while I listened because I could relate to a lot of what she said as a person of color in America, but it is not just for people of color. I definitely need to buy the hardcover copy of this book and it needs to be signed by Ijeoma. This is a very wonderful book. It is informative, interesting, well-researched, honest, powerful, engaging, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating, and thorough. I can’t help but go and on with praises for So You Want to Talk About Race. It is truly great and should be heard/read repeatedly by everyone. I hope she writes more books. Thank you Ijeoma!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Suswati on 02-18-18

Excellent, points are absolutely spot on

There has been a spate of incredible literature from African American writers, and this book in particular, stands out because of its instructional, informative guide on tackling racism as a topic.

From discussing how to approach the subject with others, to giving direct instructions for those who are willing to learn to change, there are few books out there that are as useful as Ijeoma Oluo's step by step process.

Most of all, the introduction of intersectionality, micro-aggressions and the myth of the model migrant is absolutely vital. It is one of the only books on racism I've seen in mainstream literature, that tackles issues faced by other races such as the East Asian and South Asian communities, bringing together a more diverse portrayal rather than just black, white and Hispanic.

Her own personal views are wonderful - the chapter on her 8-year-old son's choice to not pledge allegiance is utterly heartfelt, and yet she handles the situation very well. An absolute essential read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By cesa on 02-03-18


Thank you, Ms Oluo. An absolute must-read. Right up there with R Gay & M Jerkins.

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