This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins? highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today?perfect for fans of Roxane Gay?s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit?s Men Explain From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins? highly-anticipated collection of linked essays ...

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Title:This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
Author:Morgan Jerkins
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ISBN:This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
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Number of Pages:258 pages pages

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America Reviews

  • Maryam
    Mar 26, 2018
    Honestly don't know what to make of this book. Some parts were great but at one point Morgan seems to vote for black supremacy. which I don't see any different from white supremacy honestly. We need to see people out of their race or gender. It should not matter who you are and I d...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 24, 2018
    An important read focused on the black, female, feminist experience. What I appreciated was how Morgan Jerkins takes another look at events that have already had their 15 minutes, contextualizing them in ways I appreciated learning from, from Linda Chavers' much contested essay about b...
  • CoCo Massengale
    Feb 02, 2018
    3.5 stars. I have mixed feelings about this essay collection. Morgan Jerkins is so obviously talented and has a lot of important things to say, especially about the experience of black womanhood. This was a very meaty book?there are a lot of topics almost shoehorned into some essays....
  • Dawnelle Wilkie
    Apr 03, 2018
    Two* stars for brave, honest, unapologetic writing. That's the positive stuff. Now for the rest... I wanted to like this book more than I did and as a middle-class middle-aged white woman, I feel wildly out of my lane commenting at all but I've got a big mouth, too many letters behi...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 25, 2018
    Good essay collection on race and feminism. Very intimate and revealing episodes from her life are paired with relevant social commentary. ...
  • Roxane
    Aug 27, 2017
    In Morgan Jerkins?s remarkable debut essay collection This Will Be Our Undoing, she is a deft cartographer of black girlhood and womanhood. From one essay to the next, Jerkins weaves the personal with the public and political in compelling, challenging ways. Her prodigious intellect ...
  • Keyona
    Jan 02, 2018
    There's much to say about this book but I will keep it brief and come back if I need to. This book is exactly what I had hoped and more. This book should be required reading for black women. It is not watered down so that white people can feel comfortable while reading because it isn't...
  • Chris
    Mar 01, 2018
    Feb 2018 My Book Box Non-fiction pick. Disclaimer: I am a white woman. Additionally, I teach students who come from the same places in New Jersey that Jerkins cites in this book. I am trying not to center myself in the narrative, but the first paragraph of the review is in part a ...
  • Trish
    Mar 30, 2018
    Morgan Jerkins is in a hurry to become a well known writer and she is trying to get our attention in any way she knows how?jump-starting her celebrity by being polarizing. She is young still, twenty-five now. I predict she will recognize her own sense of entitlement when she is a lit...
  • Thomas
    Dec 31, 2017
    A compelling essay collection that tackles the intersections of womanhood, blackness, and feminism. I would recommend This Will Be My Undoing to everyone - Jerkins centers black women in her writing so that demographic may find a home in her work, and the rest of us can listen and lear...
  • MissFabularian
    Feb 02, 2018
    Welp...I now know more about Morgan Jerkin's vagina than I do my own...If you'd like to read the rest of this review and see Elle Fashion's book trailer for this book CLICK HERE. ...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 06, 2018
    There are fragments of gems here. When Jerkins is good, she?s stellar. The best essay was ?Human, Not Black,? about her time studying abroad in Japan and finding anonymity and freedom as a foreigner. But much of the rest is either a disorganized mess, frustratingly superficial, o...
  • l.
    Mar 09, 2018
    - what happened to you was aggressive panhandling. there may have been a street harassment element but if you're going to talk about it and a potential police response you should also talk about status offences and how they've been handled by the law - the hatred of white women to the...
  • Ella
    Jan 03, 2018
    I had a hard time with this book of essays, and I know this is an unpopular view. (Though I don't understand how books get the high grades they get on GR usually.) I have held off on mentioning anything because my viewpoint seemed so different, but I finally got together with my Black ...
  • Kenya Wright
    Jan 31, 2018
    This isn't a beach read. You'll probably be pretty angry after reading this book. But then you'll probably also gain some understanding of American society through a black woman's eyes. And even if you're a black woman, understanding still comes. Many times I thought she's gon...
  • Nadine
    Mar 09, 2018
    This Will Be My Undoing is a collection of essays that focuses on Jerkins? own experiences framed by race, gender, sexuality, and politics. What makes this collection of essays stand out among others is that Jerkins writes to portray her experiences as purely as possible without dilu...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Aug 23, 2017
    I read a lot of books by women of color, and specifically black women. But I think THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING may be the single book that has most clearly showed me the experience of being a young black woman in America today. I am a white woman and I think part of the reason Jerkins succ...
  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2018
    I call myself black because that is who I am. Blackness is a label that I do not have a choice in rejecting as long as systemic barriers exist in this country. But also, my blackness is an honor, and as long as I continue to live, I will always esteem it as such. This Will Be My Und...
  • Michelle
    Mar 02, 2018
    I don?t read essay collections very often, so I don?t feel like I can adequately comment on the quality of this book (on the merit of the individual essays or as a whole). However, I will say that I learned a lot - I?m white and grew up in a predominantly white town, so I have li...
  • Alana Benjamin
    Jul 29, 2017
    Morgan Jerkins is an industrious writer whose success is undoubtedly a product of her work ethic and determination. But This Will Be My Undoing falls into the tradition of art that upholds an easy and showy moralism. In an age where we want to be reminded of our good values through the...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Nov 21, 2017
    RATING: 4 STARS (I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS) (Review Not on Blog) I found Morgan Jerkins' collection of essays very engaging and quick to read. Jerkins takes on big topics like race and feminism and disarms her readers with humour and compassion. She relates her experien...
  • Chanda Prescod-weinstein
    Feb 02, 2018
    Chapter 9 is great. There are some good threads elsewhere. There is some really problematic writing about Black women in here that literally made me feel that awful feeling in my chest. I wish Morgan had been pushed more to work on her prose here ? but more, to work on what she was s...
  • Alex
    Mar 14, 2018
    At its best this book offers a powerful and intimate insight into the black female experience in the United States, forcing us to see the results of white privilege through the personal experiences of Jerkins. On the other hand, it offers an identity politics that almost wants to esche...
  • Katy
    Jan 10, 2018
    Jerkins undoubtedly has some relevant reflections on race and gender and is a talented writer. There are some good essays in here?like the insightful ?How to Raise a Black Girl? which details why she specifically calls herself a black woman instead of simply a human being. But ov...
  • BookOfCinz
    Feb 28, 2018
    "Generally, I devoured personal essay collections written by women in a matter of days. I'm a nosy and voyeuristic person.....or maybe I'm naturally curious. Whatever the reason, I love read it about women's inner lives, traveling through the pages like a boat gouged by a mild yet not...
  • Gabriella
    Feb 01, 2018
    Wow...I think my main question about Morgan Jerkins' debut is similar to many on my timeline?what book were the rest of y'all reading? My first introduction to Jerkins was her black gentrifier essay, which I read in my freshman year at Penn. As a student attending a university res...
  • Nicole Froio
    Aug 25, 2017
    THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING is a book about the experiences of a young black woman in America. Jerkins writing is nothing short of addictive, I devoured this book and learned a lot from it. She writes with honesty, weaving her own experiences with historical references about black culture ...
  • Rachel León
    Apr 01, 2018
    This book of essays ranged from ones that were so powerful I had chills and others that were so deeply personal about her body and sex life that they teetered on TMI. Overall a strong book. ...
  • Bahar
    Feb 26, 2018
    As an immigrant POC woman, I have always felt a close affinity to the African American community/culture/struggles. This book gave me an insightful insider's look into Morgan Jerkins' Black America, and so much of it hit too close to home. However, this was mainly before chapter 8 happ...
  • J Beckett
    Mar 05, 2018
    "You should've known I was coming." -- Morgan Jerkins In late 2016 the writing of Morgan Jerkins, a phenom who orchestrated phrases with amazing fervor and openness, slammed upon my literary landscape like a Sikhote-Alin meteorite. She'd been around for a minute, I'd later learn, as...
  • Ylenia
    Feb 18, 2018
    ...that saying I feel for you to a woman unlike yourself means you somehow share in experience, is one of the pitfalls that plagues mainstream feminism. It signals to women of color that their stories are only worth telling if a white person can understand them, and therefore that a wh...
  • Stacie C
    Dec 27, 2017
    I?ve been reading a lot more books written by Black women about the experience of being Black. It started with bell hooks and it was like a light bulb went off while I was reading. I was not alone. Even though my experience as a Black woman is my own, I was not alone. When I thought ...
  • Alice Lippart
    Jul 14, 2018
    Really interesting. ...
  • SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    Mar 06, 2018
    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...
  • Jane
    Feb 01, 2018
    This might be more like a 3.75...? ...
  • Kayla
    Dec 28, 2017
    This book is EVERYTHING to me. As a Black woman who has existed in primarily white environments, Jerkins words are validating on so many levels. She's is gloriously accurate in articulating many of the thoughts and feelings I've had about being a Black woman in a white world: So many t...
  • Chelsea
    Feb 07, 2018
    Sadly, I had to DNF This Will Be My Undoing 33 percent in because the descriptions of sex and pornography in particular were too triggering for me. I gave this memoir a second chance after my initial panic attack, but when I picked this back up again, it seemed like that topic was a re...
  • Obsidian
    Feb 06, 2018
    Sigh. I don't know what to say. This collection of essays is very good. Jerkins goes into the highs and lows of being a black woman in America. She goes into what it means to be a black woman while on travel (Russia and Japan). She goes into being a black woman trying to be successful,...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Feb 03, 2018
    A powerful, unflinching introspective collection of essays focusing on the experience of the black female in today's society. ...
  • Hannah
    Feb 21, 2018
    I have slightly confused thoughts about this: I thought it was important, well-written, super interesting but at some points not always convincing. I listened to the audiobook read by the author and can only recommend this. You can tell how her confidence in her voice increases and how...
  • Senshin
    Sep 07, 2017
    I'm blown away. So beautifully written. Will be reading again. I want to have my kids read this when they are old enough to understand. ...
  • Sarah Lumos
    Feb 11, 2018
    ?I was never taught that the world would nurture me, so I perfected the ways of hiding.? I feel a bit conflicted about this book. The topics discussed in it are so important, but I did have a few minor issues with it. I listened to the audiobook version of this and it was nar...
  • Rebel Women Lit
    Dec 13, 2017
    Thank you to Harper Perennial for an advanced readers copy of "This Will Be My Undoing" in exchange for an honest review. Now more than ever, owing to social media and online publications, black women are at the center of discourse; both as subject matter and narrator. "This Will Be...
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    Feb 03, 2018
    I AM NOT ROOTING FOR EVERYBODY BLACK. This book is horrible, confusing at best. There is no flow and just when I hoped that she would win, SHE DOESN?T. Where is she undone exactly?? There comes a time in ones life where you must take off the expectations/impressions of others and wea...
  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Apr 05, 2018
    I'm DNFing this book after the first 4 chapters/essays. Although I do agree with Morgan Jerkin's point that Black women are still mainly excluded from the feminist movement, from what I've read so far, this book was a letdown. The author is trying to speak for a generation and maybe ev...