In this audio memoir narrated by the author, D. Watkins argues that he is a more authentic black voice than other writers of color who speak about black community from a privileged distance. He delivers his narration in a vocal style that reflects his upbringing in a crime-ridden Baltimore neighborhood. The style works effectively and generates a sense of authenticity in Watkins's stories except that occasionally he stumbles in a way that disrupts the listening experience. Regardless, Watkins's writing reveals fascinating snapshots of life in urban black communities, significant critiques of writing on black identity in contemporary America, and a keen sense of speaking truth to power for the many who remain powerless. L.E. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2019]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9781508285670 $17.99
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