Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 3, 2019

April 1, 2019 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks with Author Emily Bernard About Her Book, ‘Black is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine’

Emily Bernard
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Penguin Random House

Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine is Emily Bernard’s latest book.  I found it illuminating in it’s vulnerability, it’s honesty, it’s frank examination of race and being female in our ever challenging society.

Emily Bernard was raised an upper-middle class, dark-skinned child in Tennessee.  She married a white man with a working-class background and they have two dark-skinned children adopted from Ethiopia.  They live and work in Vermont, a state not known for being racially or ethnically diverse.  Emily survived a violent stabbing while she was a doctoral student at Yale University.  In Black is the Body, she writes about it all.  Reading it is like being invited into Emily’s living room for a chat.


In this segment of Through the Eyes of Women Emily Bernard speaks thoughtfully with passion and compassion.  Join me, Kathleen Marshall, in getting to know her through her words, written and spoken.

To learn more about Emily Bernard visit her webpage



To listen to this show click the following link:  TTEOW 4-1 Emily Bernard speaks about her new book Black Is The Body

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