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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  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 04, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 25, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    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
    Feb 15, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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 02, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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
    Apr 02, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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
    Feb 04, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Kenya Wright
    Jan 31, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Jan 26, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Gabriella
    Feb 01, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

  • Janani
    Feb 07, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

  • Nicole Froio
    Aug 25, 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

  • Bahar
    Mar 10, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    Good essay collection on race and feminism. Very intimate and revealing episodes from her life are paired with relevant social commentary. ...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

  • Alice Lippart
    Jul 14, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    Good essay collection on race and feminism. Very intimate and revealing episodes from her life are paired with relevant social commentary. ...

    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...

    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...

    A powerful, unflinching introspective collection of essays focusing on the experience of the black female in today's society. ...

    Really interesting. ...

  • SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    Mar 06, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

  • Chelsea
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    Good essay collection on race and feminism. Very intimate and revealing episodes from her life are paired with relevant social commentary. ...

    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 14, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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...

    This was a fantastic book. I highly recommend it. ...

    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...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    "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...

    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...

    Good essay collection on race and feminism. Very intimate and revealing episodes from her life are paired with relevant social commentary. ...

    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...

    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...

    A powerful, unflinching introspective collection of essays focusing on the experience of the black female in today's society. ...

  • Hannah
    Feb 21, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarah Lumos
    Nov 18, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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. ...

    ?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

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...

    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,...

    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
    Mar 31, 2018

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    The thing that makes this book absolutely spectacular is that it doesn't center non-Black people. Morgan writes about what it is like to be a young Black woman in America, without diluting the content for those of us who aren't Black women, and it works brilliantly. This is a collectio...

    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...