Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world.Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons i...

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  • Andre
    Beautifully rendered both in prose and wisdom. I found many parallels here to my own thinking. I can easily relate being a parent. Imani Perry uses delicate cultured prose to write to her two sons, and in the process manages to give them family history, her hopes, desires, dreams and even her fears ...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    This gorgeous book is a prayer or a mantra. It is the second book of Dr.Perry’s that I have inhaled this year, and its maternal, ethereal poetry is a balm for these times. It is authentic testimony on behalf of herself and her ancestors and ourselves and our ancestors of what it looks like to h...
  • Ellie
    As the title states, Breath is a letter to the author's young sons. It is a celebration of their beauty, their gifts, and the love of their mother for them as well as the bonds of the family, including and importantly extended family as well. It is also the outcry of a mother who knows her children ...
  • Robert Currie
    As an older white guy, I think it's almost impossible to imagine the world faced by African Americans, young African American men and boys in particular. In fact, this is true of all white people, not just men. So it is that Imani Perry has offered this enormous gift. May we take in the wisdom and c...
  • Chanequa Walker-Barnes
    A powerful start to my reading for 2020, Imani Perry's "Breathe" speaks to and for mothers who are raising Black boys in the paradox of 21st century America, where they can be viable candidates for president but also be killed with impunity by police officers or White citizens just for existing. Per...
  • Kimberley
    If you've read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, you will appreciate the perspective of Imani Perry in Breathe: A Letter to My Sons.Where Coates was contemplative in describing the effects of having grown up in a system designed for his failure and prosecution--on the way he approaches t...
  • James Klagge
    A wide-ranging view of life articulated and shared. The only observation I'll share is...it is interesting that her (Catholic) Christianity is important to her but she makes almost no effort to share it with her sons. I can see intellectually why one might want one's children to "decide for themselv...
  • Jennifer
    Perry writes that she was approached to write this book, and my guess is that the publishers were looking for a "mom" version of Coates' Between the World in Me. And Perry certainly covers some of the same themes, though there is a larger positivity to this book. Coates' book was like a punch to the...

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