Don't Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body

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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Savala Nolan is an essayist and director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She and her writing have been featured in Vogue, Time, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and more. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"It takes temerity to tell this kind of truth, to be unbowed by one's own trepidation. Savala Nolan does so boldly, and this book will help so many Black women to get free."
--Brittney Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Eloquent Rage

"In these thrilling essays, built with one blazing, breathtaking sentence after another, Savala Nolan takes us from the personal to the political and back again as she explores her fascinating range of experiences as a Black American woman. Authoritative, honest, and often bitingly humorous, Don't Let It Get You Down is a book for our time and every time. It is not a book to read; it is a book to savor."
--Emily Bernard, author of Black is the Body

"In this woven tapestry of stories and histories of race, gender, class, and the body, Savala Nolan gives readers a deeply personal insight into what it feels like to hold identities that are seen as 'other' in dominant culture. For those of us who feel like 'in-betweeners' this powerful collection of poetic essays offers a place to be seen and to be heard in the fullness of our beautiful complexities. In reading Savala's words as she travels to understand her experiences, and free herself from the parts that oppress, I found myself saying, 'Wow. Yes. Me too.'"
--Layla F. Saad, author of New York Times bestseller Me and White Supremacy

"In gorgeous prose and with profound clarity, Savala Nolan reckons with the interconnected oppressions, external and internalized, that have burdened her body: Anti-blackness, fat phobia, colonialism, and patriarchy. Don't Let it Get You Down is vital reading for all of us working to bust out of boxes, binaries, silences, and shame."
--Nadia Owusu, author of Aftershocks

"Savala Nolan deals a blow to the hollow--and very white--rhetoric of the body positivity movement with her essay collection, offering up her own stories of living in a body that are nuanced and warm, funny and painful."
--Marisa Meltzer, author of This is Big

"An eloquently provocative memoir in essays...This fierce and intelligent book is important not just for how it celebrates hard-won pride in one's identity, but also for how Nolan articulates the complicated--and too often overlooked--nature of personal and cultural in-betweenness."
--Kiruks Reviews