Genre: Nonfiction, memoir
Medium: Paperback, ARC
Synopsis: Morgan Jerkins discusses Beyonce, Sailor Moon, intersectionality, and what it means to exist as herself in United States and international society.
Review: If there is a book that should be required reading for this year, This Will Be My Undoing is it. Her words ring out with truth, and they are poetic. For the first half of this book, I was unfortunate enough to not have a pen with me, so now half of the book is underlined and annotated and the other half isn’t. But I suppose that just means I should read it again…
Morgan Jerkins is a twenty-something who can speak a multitude of languages and has visited many countries, all the while forging a career for herself. Though it hasn’t been easy–being a black woman surely has brought her some disadvantages from the start.
As a white woman myself, I find this book to be immensely important. Not only does it help me reinforce me deconstructing the anti-black and misogynistic narratives with which I’ve been socialized, but it has taught me so much more than I could have ever hoped. This book is filled with essays, and letters, and rules, and each piece makes me wonder how it can be that Jerkins is only twenty-something, for she has the most incredible mastery of language that I’ve seen in my generation.
This book is something to behold, and it’s another thing to hold it in your hands. It is timely, it is important, it is essential.