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My Vanishing Country
My Vanishing Country: A Memoir | Bakari Sellers
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What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of Americas forgotten black working-class men and women. Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. Anchored in in Bakari Sellers hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his fathers rise to become, friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) , to explore the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working classmany of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations. In his poetic personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other Forgotten Men & Women, who the media seldom acknowledges. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair. My Vanishing Country is also a love letter to fatherhoodto Sellers' father, his lodestar, whose life lessons have shaped him, and to his newborn twins, who he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and honor its legacy.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is an ambitious memoir. Sellers covers a variety of topics and balances broader concepts with small details. His writing style is engaging, but his narration is only okay. He‘s connected to Civil Rights history, but lives with anxiety. He and his wife just celebrated their twins‘ 3rd bday. But it was touch-and-go for a while.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage And I‘ll probably pick a prompt for #nonfictionchallenge2022 but right now I can‘t decide! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 9mo
Cinfhen I have this one but I‘m still not really compelled to listen🎧 #MaybeSomeday 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I hear that. My reading goal this year is less challenges and more mood reading. I‘m just not feeling all the planning!! (Of course, I‘m still doing three challenges and finishing up one from 2022 … so we shall see …) 🤪 9mo
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Cinfhen It‘s a long time until 2023 so I‘m not gonna push myself to rush through challenges 😉plus I‘m listening to this audio for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouse and it‘s really good 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Sounds like a plan!! Enjoy the leisure! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks 😘😘 9mo
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swynn
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It's a memoir by CNN commentator Bakari Sellers, and covers some terrific territory in Civil Rights history, social justice, and personal anecdotes. Despite the material, it never really grabbed me. Instead it feels like a politician's memoir, the sort published to help a campaign. Which is fine -- I'd vote for him -- but I was hoping for something different, I guess.

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cariashley
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My husband and I have always been fans of Sellers on CNN. We listened to this together and really enjoyed hearing about his upbringing and political life, but the most moving parts were his writing on the Charleston church massacre and his wife‘s near death experience giving birth to their twins. A very good memoir.

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