Laughing in the Dark (amethyst_witch) wrote,
Laughing in the Dark

'Nobody Knows My Name' by James Baldwin

Nobody Knows My Name is the definition of essential reading, for everyone. This book, his words, have changed me and challenged so much of what I used to consider the truth about many things. I've always been an open-minded person, but now I see that open-mindedness still existed within my own safe bubble... That bubble has been popped, and as scary as it is out here, I know I am better for it.

From the first sentence I felt like I was sitting down with an old friend, and that feeling never went away. Even when the tears were flowing so hard that I couldn't read I knew I would come back for more. It broke me to hear what millions of people of colour dealt with, and still deal with, every single day, and I knew I owed it to myself and to Baldwin and to the whole world to keep going.

This was my first Baldwin book and it will not be my last.

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