We Are Not Broken
This is the vibrant story of George, Garrett, Rall, and Rasul -- four children raised by Nanny, their fiercely devoted grandmother. The boys hold one another close through early brushes with racism, memorable experiences at the family barbershop, and first loves and losses. And with Nanny at their center, they are never broken.
George M. Johnson capture the unique experience of growing up as a Black boy in America, and their rich family stories -- exploring themes of vulnerability, sacrifice, and culture -- are interspersed with touching letters from the grandchildren to their beloved matriarch. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this personal account is destined to become a modern classic of emerging adulthood.
It is so easy to fall in love with Nanny and all her Nannyisms throughout the story, the author and sibling's voices endear her to the reader. The vignettes we see through George's stories tell of a life lived fully, with enduring lessons. I appreciated the context that George gives around the stories, explaining, as relevant, historical context, problematic behaviors, misogyny, and racist context that takes this memoir a little deeper and can be quite eye-opening for readers.
Ultimately a powerful memoir about the Black experience, WE ARE NOT BROKEN is a heartfelt and thought-provoking read about family, love, and society. Highly recommend picking this one up.