I just began reading this book I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown. I choose this book among all the amazing books being suggested recently because I gravitate towards memoirs. I like reading about people's real life encounters and getting to know the characters like they are a close friend. This book seems to be just that.
It is a memoir of Brown's experiences on what it's like to grow up black, middle-class, and female in modern America. It just came in the mail this week after waiting for it to be shipped for a while so I'm excited to really get into it.
From her website: "In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements,I'M STILL HERE is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations."