Book Review: You Are Your Best Thing

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown 

This book is well worth the read. It’s not long and the chapters go quickly as each is written by a different author concerning a particular aspect of the Black experience of vulnerability and/or shame resilience living in America. Each essay was personal, poignant, and deeply intimate which draws the reader into the author’s life, experience, and inner-most thoughts and feelings.

We read this book for my book club and while a number of essays resonated with everyone, it was interesting that others only resonated with some readers. I believe this is part of the strength of this book. The writing is highly personal and delves into each writer’s experience(s) which makes the book accessible to various readers but also allows for difference in reaction to each individual essay. 

The authors of these essays have the courage to discuss difficult and deeply trying experiences which brings an authenticity to this collection that is rarely found in literature. Simply writing and allowing to be published these stories is an act of vulnerability that few have the courage to present to the world. I am honored these writers shared their experiences with me and I encourage everyone to read this book. You can even take it just one essay at a time and allow yourself time to digest and sit with the discomfort before moving into the next…it’s well worth your time! 

Read on my friends!

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