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Breathe: A Letter to My Sons
by Imani Perry

Raising young black men in America today is "a gift... a special calling," writes Imani Perry to her sons, Freeman and Issa. Her passionate message is relevant for anyone concerned about the country's frayed state of race relations, while offering a perspective on parenting and race that combines maternal love, hope and fear with Perry's scholarly insight as a Princeton University professor of African American studies. "Imani conveys how terrifying it is to be black in America but instructs her sons to refuse to be cowed by fear and injustice, insisting they live a robust and full life," said Gayatri Patnaik, editorial director of Beacon Press. "It's truly a remarkable book and an original one, and I can't wait for readers to discover it." --Melissa Firman

(Beacon Press, $18 hardcover, 9780807076552, September 17, 2019)

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