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Morgan Jerkins On Her New Book, Writing Through Fear, And The Power Of Black Memory | HuffPost

Morgan Jerkins On Her New Book, Writing Through Fear, And The Power Of Black Memory | HuffPost

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In “Wandering in Strange Lands” the author reveals uncomfortable and enlightening truths about the history of black migration in the U.S.

By Zeba Blay, HuffPost

Writer Morgan Jerkins was just 25 years old when her first book, a collection of essays titled “This Will Be My Undoing,” made a splashy debut on The New York Times bestseller list. The essay collection was a deeply confessional exploration of her experiences as a Black woman in America, a journey inward exploring her thoughts and feelings on pop culture, race, sex and feminism. 

In her new book, Jerkins is looking outward. “Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots” traces the history of her family and of the Black experience in America from the South Carolina Lowcountry to Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and California. Through her travels, research, and conversations with Black communities throughout the country, Jerkins unveils powerful and at times uncomfortable truths about her own identity. 

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In this conversation, the author opens up about family secrets, the pressures and joys of writing her second book, and what she found while she was wandering. 

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