How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

December 4, 2020
How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

Literary Awards | Longlisted for the 2020National Book Award in NonfictionFor the black community, Jerald Walker asserts in How to Make aSlave, "anger is often a prelude to a joke, as there is broadunderstanding that the triumph over this destructive emotion lay infinding its punchline." It is on the knife's edge between fury andfarce that the essays in this exquisite collection balance.Whether confronting the medical profession's racial biases,considering the complicated legacy of Michael Jackson, payinghomage to his writing mentor James Alan McPherson, or attempting tobreak free of personal and societal stereotypes, Walker elegantlyblends personal revelation and cultural critique. The result is abracing and often humorous examination by one of America's mostacclaimed essayists of what it is to grow, parent, write, and existas a black American male.Walker refuses to lull his readers; instead his missives urgethem to do better as they consider, through his eyes, how to be agood citizen, how to be a good father, how to live, and how tolove.