This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Fe...

Details This Will Be My Undoing

TitleThis Will Be My Undoing
Release DateJan 13th, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Feminism, Autobiography, Memoir, Race

Reviews This Will Be My Undoing

  • Roxane
    In Morgan Jerkins’s remarkable debut essay collection This Will Be Our Undoing, she is a deft cartographer of black girlhood and womanhood. From one essay to the next, Jerkins weaves the personal with the public and political in compelling, challenging ways. Her prodigious intellect and curiosity are on full display throughout this outstanding collection. The last line of the book reads, “You should’ve known I was coming,” and indeed, in ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    I read a lot of books by women of color, and specifically black women. But I think THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING may be the single book that has most clearly showed me the experience of being a young black woman in America today. I am a white woman and I think part of the reason Jerkins succeeds so wildly is that she is not centering her book around readers like me. Much of what we encounter in the world centers on a default white audience. The fact th...
  • Nicole Froio
    THIS WILL BE MY UNDOING is a book about the experiences of a young black woman in America. Jerkins writing is nothing short of addictive, I devoured this book and learned a lot from it. She writes with honesty, weaving her own experiences with historical references about black culture and resistance, writing and art that made her think, black people who inspire her and white people who disappoint her. Jerkins' writing is complex and her reasoning...
  • Kayla
    This book is EVERYTHING to me. As a Black woman who has existed in primarily white environments, Jerkins words are validating on so many levels. She's is gloriously accurate in articulating many of the thoughts and feelings I've had about being a Black woman in a white world: So many topics, like black women and their hair; whether or not it's appropriate for non-Black people to write about Black women's experiences; "race traitors"; and why it a...
  • Julia
    Pulled from my Edelweiss review:"There are some books that you are content to read but don't feel like you need to own. "This Will Be My Undoing" is a book that I'm so glad I read and that I will certainly be going out to buy so it has a permanent place on my shelves. The essays in this book are packed with so much that I know every time I revisit them I'll come away having gleaned something new.These essays talk about what it means to exist in t...
  • Lesley
    (Review originally published in Booklist)“White people see it as a compliment when they do not “see” you as a black person...because in white society, blackness exists only as a punishment. They do not understand that blackness doesn’t undermine but rather vivifies our humanity”Jerkins’ insightful response to the question of why she calls herself a black woman rather than simply “a human” encapsulates the themes of this tender, me...