No wonder Hanif Abdurraqib's collection of lyrical essays--thoughtful, beautifully written, and intelligently performed by JD Jackson--is a finalist for the National Book Award. In five related movements, "Performing Miracles," "Suspending Disbelief," "Matters of Country/Provenance," "Anatomy of Closeness/Chasing Blood," and "Callings to Remember," Abdurraqib focuses on Black life, Black performance, and Black exceptionalism. Jackson delivers each small gem with as much delight as there is anger and pain behind the words. In portraits of such Black luminaries as Josephine Baker, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dave Chappelle, Beyoncé, and more, rage and compassion combine in an inspired stream of consciousness. Abdurraqib is a poet whose reflections offer a compelling look at Black performance in white America, and Jackson's narration gives it that extra something that will keep listeners listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593156032 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593156049 $76.00
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