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              Books by Emily Bernard

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              Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs
                

              Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (Hardback)

              By Willis, Deborah; Bernard, Emily

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              A stunning, visual biography of Michelle Obama that finally puts her phenomenal fame into a cultural and historical context we can all understand.

              ISBN 9780393077476
              Released NZ 4 Nov 2009
              Publisher WW Norton & Co
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bernard, Emily

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              An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir through essays that looks at race in a fearless, penetrating, honest way. I am black--and brown, too, writes Emily Bernard. Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell. In these twelve deeply personal, co...nnected essays, Bernard details the experience of growing up black in the south with a family name inherited from a white man, surviving a random stabbing at a New Haven coffee shop while taking graduate studies at Yale, marrying a white man from the north and bring him home to her family, adopting two babies from Ethiopia, and living and teaching in a primarily white New England college town. Each of these essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt and sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it. Blackness is an art, not a science. It is a paradox: intangible and visceral; a situation and a story. It is the thread that connects these essays, but its significance as an experience emerges randomly, unpredictably . . . Race is the story of my life, and therefore black is the body of this book.
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              ISBN 9781101972410
              Released NZ 3 Dec 2019
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Passing: Penguin Vitae

              Passing: Penguin Vitae (Hardback)

              By Larsen, Nella; Introduction by Bernard, Emily; Notes by Davis, Thadious M.

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              The powerful, thrilling, and tragic tale about the fluidity of racial identity that continues to resonate today, now a part of the Penguin Vitae series, with an introduction by Emily Bernard. A Penguin Classic Hardcover Clare Kendry is living on the edge. Light-skinned, elegant, ...and ambitious, she is married to a racist white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past after deciding to pass as a white woman. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, and is simultaneously allured and repelled by Clare's risky decision to engage in racial masquerade for personal and societal gain. After frequenting African American-centric gatherings together in Harlem, Clare's interest in Irene turns into a homoerotic longing for Irene's black identity that she abandoned and can never embrace again, and she is forced to grapple with her decision to pass for white in a way that is both tragic and telling. Penguin Classics launches a new hardcover series with five American classics that are relevant and timeless in their power, and part of a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from almost seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality.
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              ISBN 9780143129424
              Released NZ 3 Mar 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Penguin Vitae
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              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine

              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine (Hardback, Annotated edition)

              By Bernard, Emily

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              An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve tell-tale connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of... growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ( Superb, Arnold Rampersad; A major contribution, Henry Louis Gates; Meticulously annotated, NYTBR; Magnificent, Washington Post). I am black - and brown too, writes Emily Bernard. Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell. And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in the gut in a coffee shop in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into Koffee?'s on Audubon Street in New Haven, and along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife ( I remember making the decision not to let the oddness of this stranger bother me, ). I was not stabbed because I was black, she writes (the attacker was white), but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness. Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ( The equation of writing and regeneration is fundamental to black American experience. ). She writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond
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              ISBN 9780451493026
              Released NZ 5 Feb 2019
              Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White
                

              Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bernard, Emily

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              Carl Van Vechten was a white man with a passion for blackness who played a crucial role in helping the Harlem Renaissance, a black movement, come to understand itself. This title focuses on writing - the black and white of things that Carl Van Vechten wrote to black people and ab...out black culture.
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              ISBN 9780300192520
              Released NZ 15 May 2013
              Publisher Yale University Press
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships
               

              Some of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Amistad Pbk ed.)

              By Bernard, Emily

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              In this unusually honest book of essays and other writings, Emily Bernard examines the complexities of interracial friendships: Latino and white, black and Asian, black and Jewish. In essays from such celebrated writers as Pam Houston, Darryl Pickney, Luis Rodriguez, and Susan St...raight, among many others, you'll meet a young Italian American college student who rooms with a sophisticated young black man who can trace his college-educated elders back several generations; a second-generation Korean American from the hood who is more comfortable with Latinos and blacks than with Korean kids who grew up in the suburbs; and a Jewish man who reflects on his friendship with a black opera singer. Though culturally and ethnically at odds, perhaps, they call each other friends; working together, playing together, opening their homes and hearts, even when they have every reason not to. Sometimes controversial, sometimes funny, but always thought-provoking, Some of My Best Friends is a timely work on a subject that has yet to be fully explored.
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              ISBN 9780060082772
              Released NZ 28 Jun 2005
              Publisher Harper Paperbacks
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine
                 

              Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine (Library Binding, Large type / large print edition)

              By Bernard, Emily

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              An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that explore, up-close, the complexities and paradoxes, the haunting memories and ambushing realities of... growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man, of getting a PhD from Yale, of marrying a white man from the North, of adopting two babies from Ethiopia, of teaching at a white college and living in America's New England today. From the acclaimed editor of Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten ( A major contribution, Henry Louis Gates; Magnificent, Washington Post). I am black--and brown, too, writes Emily Bernard. Brown is the body I was born into. Black is the body of the stories I tell. And the storytelling, and the mystery of Bernard's storytelling, of getting to the truth, begins with a stabbing in a New England college town. Bernard writes how, when she was a graduate student at Yale, she walked into a coffee shop and, along with six other people, was randomly attacked by a stranger with a knife ( I remember making the decision not to let the oddness of this stranger bother me ). I was not stabbed because I was black, she writes (the attacker was white), but I have always viewed the violence I survived as a metaphor for the violent encounter that has generally characterized American race relations. There was no connection between us, yet we were suddenly and irreparably bound by a knife, an attachment that cost us both: him, his freedom; me, my wholeness. Bernard explores how that bizarre act of violence set her free and unleashed the storyteller in her ( The equation of writing and regeneration is fundamental to black American experience ). She writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discov
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              ISBN 9781432864392
              Released NZ 29 May 2019
              Publisher Thorndike Press Large Print
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
               

              Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Annotated edition)

              By Hughes, Langston; Van Vechten, Carl; Edited by Bernard, Emily

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              The Harlem Renaissance comes to vivid life in the spirited, forty-year-long correspondence between the black novelist and poet Langston Hughes and the flamboyant white critic and photographer Carl Van Vechten. Hughes was twenty-two and Van Vechten forty-four when they began a fri...endship that would last until Van Vechten's death. Between them they knew everyone from Zora Neale Hurston to Richard Wright, and their letters are filled with gossip about the great and the forgotten, as well as with talk that ranged from race relations to blues lyrics to Harlem nightlife. It's a correspondence that, as Emily Bernard notes, provides an unusual record of entertainment, politics, and culture as seen through the eyes of two fascinating and irreverent men.
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              ISBN 9780375727078
              Released NZ 5 Feb 2002
              Publisher Vintage
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Vintage
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