Black is the Body


In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Bernard details surviving a random stabbing, a family name inherited from a white man, the importance of lessons she's learned from her mother and grandmother, and her experience of teaching in a primarily white university as a black woman.

Each essay sets out to tell a story, and within each story we see new ways to talk about truth, we read about Bernard's experience of teaching white students and how they often struggle to find the words to discuss race, and we read about a life told in beautiful prose that is poignant, intelligent and powerful.