How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

Jerald Walker (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$19.95  $18.35
Publisher
Mad Creek Books
Publish Date
October 30, 2020
Pages
152
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780814255995

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About the Author

Jerald Walker is the author of The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult and Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, winner of the 2011 PEN New England Award for Nonfiction. He has published in magazines such as Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Missouri Review, River Teeth, Mother Jones, Iowa Review, and Oxford American, and he has been widely anthologized, including four times in The Best American Essays. The recipient of James A. Michener and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Walker is Professor of Creative Writing at Emerson College.

Reviews

"If there is a book you need to read as our country is about to devour itself, it is How to Make a Slave. Walker's sharp voice cuts through the social malaise of our culture, delivering intimate moments of his life--from a boy in South Chicago to a young student writer trying to find voice amid a myriad of black stereotypes to a father raising two boys in a divided country. These essays enlighten us through depth and complexity of thought and the veracity of experience."
--Ira Sukrungruang, author of Buddha's Dog and Other Meditations
"[These] powerful essays offer an incisive glimpse into life as a Black man in America. Walker demonstrates the keen intellect and direct style that characterized his acclaimed 2010 memoir, Street Shadows....Crafted with honesty and wry comedic flair, these essays are both engaging and enraging." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Ignited by the everyday sparks of racial conflict--whether on a college campus or in an aisle at Whole Foods--these extraordinarily candid essays crackle with humor and dramatic tension. As 'race stories, ' they also add a creative and subtle twist to an issue too often expressed in predictable polemics. This new collection establishes Jerald Walker as truly one of the most gifted essayists of our time." --Robert Atwan, Series Editor, Best American Essays
"I've been waiting for this, the first collection of essays by one of our best essayists, for years. Jerald Walker's How to Make a Slave is notable for its persistence of vision. These essays are relentlessly humane even as they stare into America's split, racist heart. And like America and Americans, this book is both funny and fucked up, and neither can exist without the other."
--Ander Monson, author of I Will Take the Answer
"This piercing and restless collection slices through this country's agitated racial landscape with the tenacity of a thunderbolt. Walker manages to be all of us--we are all the college English department's pet token, we are all the potential Whole Foods crime wave, we are all the Negro middle American agonizing over a return trip to the implosive inner city from whence we came. These fresh, revelatory snippets of black life deserve a rollicking collective Amen! and an audience of both the converted and the curious."
--Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art
"These aren't essays. This is hypnosis, a spell of enchantment cast over the reader by a masterful writer whose crystal-clear vision is not only original but revelatory. I laughed out loud, nodded at Jerald Walker's delivery of so much truth, and just shook my head at how gracefully he achieves so much so quickly in every piece in How to Make a Slave. All I can say is, 'Wow.' And you can't just consume one; you'll find yourself gobbling down every essay here and hungering for more. No one--absolutely no one--I've read is writing better than Jerald Walker about race, being black, and the depths and complexities of our humanity."
--Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage, winner of the National Book Award

​"Walker ... delivers a stylish and thought-provoking collection of reflections on his personal and professional life....[His] rich compilation adds up to a rewardingly insightful self-portrait that reveals how one man relates to various aspects of his identity."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)