S4 E19: Mira Jacob, Robert W. Lee, and Carlotta Walls LaNier

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk; Robert W. Lee, author of A Sin by Any Other Name; and Carlotta Walls LaNier, author of A Mighty Long Way. These authors share their personal narratives, exploring the topics of race, identity, and our country’s history, and will no doubt inspire listeners’ own conversations. And find out which author described their recording process as “a bear.”

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Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. This is a bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us

“By turns hilarious and heart-rending, it plunges fearlessly into the murky gray areas of race and family, of struggling to find common ground, of trying to talk to our children and help them make sense of it all. It’s exactly the book America needs at this moment.” —Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

A descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee chronicles his story of growing up with the South’s most honored name, and the moments that forced him to confront the privilege, racism, and subversion of human dignity that came with it.

“One of the best things that happened to me over the last two years was getting to listen to Rev. Rob Lee talk—and not just talk, but share ideas of how we all can do a better as Christians, non-Christians, as human-beings. I think he may be on to something.” —Whoopi Goldberg

Breaking her silence at last and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” has written an inspiring, thoroughly engrossing memoir that is not only a testament to the power of one to make a difference but also of the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.

“This book is a must read and should be required reading for every child of every race who may be trying to appreciate the values of education and the challenges that they might present for people who are different.” —Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School

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