Waking Up White by Debby Irving

This is an interesting blend of story of personal journey to awareness and attempt at creating awareness in a very specific audience. To the extent that it avoids sounding didactic, I think it’s primarily by making it personal to her — and never shying away from detailing the sometimes humiliating mistakes she has made herself. So many personal books I enjoy do this. Who’s the biggest asshole in the book? The author herself, and she always owns up.

It comes with a “question for you to consider” at the end of each chapter that I could’ve done without — a lot of them felt like they were only designed for one answer. I wonder how the book would be for someone whose background is very different from hers.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s