Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

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5.0 X 8.2 X 0.67 inches | 0.47 pounds

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About the Author

Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. A graduate of Yale Law School, where he taught from 1998 to 2008, he is the author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights; A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice; and Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial. Yoshino's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York with his husband and two children.


"[Kenji] Yoshino offers his personal search for authenticity as an encouragement for everyone to think deeply about the ways in which all of us have covered our true selves. . . . We really do feel newly inspired."--The New York Times Book Review

"Yoshino argues convincingly in this book, part luminous, moving memoir, part cogent, level-headed treatise, that covering is going to become more and more a civil rights issue as the nation (and the nation's courts) struggle with an increasingly multiethnic America."--San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] remarkable debut . . . [Yoshino's] sense of justice is pragmatic and infectious."--Time Out New York

"[Covering] is, at heart, a memoir written by a legal scholar who might have missed his calling as a poet. . . . Powerful."--The Village Voice

"Who'd expect a book on civil rights and the law to be warmly personal, elegantly written, and threaded with memorable images? . . . The beauty of Yoshino's book lies in the poetry he brings to telling his own story."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"A lush, frequently elegant account . . . Yoshino is a skillful narrative guide with a gift for describing the small dramas of still situations."--Legal Affairs

"Yoshino introduces a new term into the American social lexicon: 'covering' is the new 'passing, ' the new 'closet.' . . . Provocative and affecting, Covering challenges us to be as open with one another as Yoshino is willing to be with us."--The Boston Globe

"The poignancy of [Yoshino's] personal victory is as compelling as any other piece of his treatise."--Los Angeles Times

"[A] sober, rigorous and touching treatise on behalf of the disenfranchised that comes not a moment too soon . . . In times to come, this book could be viewed as a seminal work."--Chicago Sun-Times

"[Yoshino] eloquently weaves memoir and legal text in this lovely, moving, and persuasive book. . . . Real, raw, and beautiful."--Edge Providence

"[A] brilliantly argued and engaging book . . . a finely grained memoir of young man's struggles to come to terms with his sexuality . . . a powerful argument for a whole new way of thinking about civil rights and how our society deals with difference. Kenji Yoshino is the face and voice of the new civil rights."--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

"Magnificent . . . so eloquently and powerfully written I literally could not put it down. Sweeping in breadth, brilliantly argued, and filled with insight, humor, and erudition . . . This extraordinary book is many things at once: an intensely moving personal memoir; a breathtaking historical and cultural synthesis of assimilation and American equality law; an explosive new paradigm for transcending the morass of identity politics; and in parts, pure poetry. No one interested in civil rights, sexuality, discrimination--or simply human flourishing--can afford to miss it."--Amy Chua, author of World on Fire