The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander audiobook

The Trayvon Generation

By Elizabeth Alexander
Read by Elizabeth Alexander

Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group 9781538737897
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A powerful meditation on the trauma of race-based violence and the potential of the rising generation of young adults, from Pulitzer-prize finalist author and poet In the midst of civil unrest in the summer of 2020 and following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, one of the great literary voices of our time, Elizabeth Alexander, turned a mother's eye to her sons’ and students’ generation and wrote a celebrated and moving reflection on the psyche of young Black America. Originally published in the New Yorker, the essay brilliantly and lovingly observed the experiences, attitudes, and cultural expressions of the Trayvon Generation, who even as children could not be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people. The Trayvon Generation expounds on the viral essay which spoke so resonantly to this historical moment, looking both to our past and our future with profound insight and heart, and interwoven with groundbreaking art by some of our most extraordinary Black artists. At this crucial time in American history when we reckon with who we are as a nation and how we move forward, Alexander's lyrical prose gives us perspective—informed by historical understanding, her lifelong devotion to education, and an intimate grasp of the visioning power of art. This book is essential reading, a breathtaking expression of both the tragedies and hopes of this era that is sure to be embraced by those who are leading the movement for change and anyone rising to meet the moment. 

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Time Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Titles of 2022

A powerful meditation on the trauma of race-based violence and the potential of the rising generation of young adults, from Pulitzer-prize finalist author and poet

In the midst of civil unrest in the summer of 2020 and following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, one of the great literary voices of our time, Elizabeth Alexander, turned a mother's eye to her sons’ and students’ generation and wrote a celebrated and moving reflection on the psyche of young Black America.

Originally published in the New Yorker, the essay brilliantly and lovingly observed the experiences, attitudes, and cultural expressions of the Trayvon Generation, who even as children could not be shielded from the brutality that has affected the lives of so many Black people.

The Trayvon Generation expounds on the viral essay which spoke so resonantly to this historical moment, looking both to our past and our future with profound insight and heart, and interwoven with groundbreaking art by some of our most extraordinary Black artists. At this crucial time in American history when we reckon with who we are as a nation and how we move forward, Alexander's lyrical prose gives us perspective—informed by historical understanding, her lifelong devotion to education, and an intimate grasp of the visioning power of art.

This book is essential reading, a breathtaking expression of both the tragedies and hopes of this era that is sure to be embraced by those who are leading the movement for change and anyone rising to meet the moment. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A profound and lyrical meditation on race, class, justice and their intersections with art…Magnificent.” New York Times
“She brings a poet’s clarity of language to the fraught national discussion.” Time
“Definitely essential reading for every generation.” Cosmopolitan
“Capturing the rich spectrum of Black culture in America, Alexander offers hope and instruction for younger generations. The result is a thought-provoking must-read.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Alexander is a thoughtful and eloquent chronicler of racial anxiety and pain.” Booklist (starred review)
“This is a powerful treatise on the humanity of Black Americans and how it has been denied.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Elizabeth Alexander

Author Bio: Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is a prize-winning and bestselling author, renowned American poet, educator, scholar, and cultural advocate. Her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Awards. She composed and recited “Praise Song for the Day” for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and is currently president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder in the arts, culture, and humanities.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 2.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English