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Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement | Tarana Burke
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"Searing. Powerful. Needed." Oprah Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories. Taranas words are a testimony to liberation and love. Bren Brown From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the "me too" movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful wordsme tooand how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history. Tarana didnt always have the courage to say "me too." As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not of a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didnt. Tarana fought to reunite her fractured soul, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community. In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared. They gave her the courage to embrace her power. A power which in turn she shared with the entire world. Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves. Unbound is the story of an inimitable womans inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.
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ncsufoxes
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Tarana Burke was the original founder of the #metoo movement. She has worked tirelessly with young black and brown girls that have been victims of sexual assault. Burke is a survivor of sexual assault herself & she has worked to help others through their experiences as she worked through her own trauma. I enjoyed learning about her work in social justice & community activism. #bookspin book #nonfictionbingo: I‘m a Survivor

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2w
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Reynosa8701
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Even though this book is on a heavy subject matter I am enjoying it!

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Butterfinger
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A very challenging read. The book opens when a nervous Tarana Burke does not want #metoo to go viral. She had worked so incredibly hard to incorporate it into the Black community where women are statistically abused. She realizes that it is time to increase the range of her community. It covers her abuse and her humility when she fails a young girl's need to share. Every one should read this. Burke even makes a powerful plea for men to stand up.

Butterfinger #Nonfiction2022 I'm unplanned. Was browsing and so glad I chose it. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad you found it! I want to add it to the #SheSaid reading list, so it‘s good to hear that it was a good read. 2mo
kspenmoll This was such a good read- nice review! 1w
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JenniferEgnor
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Unkindness is a serial killer.

—Tarana Burke

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JenniferEgnor
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First, I want to say how stunning the book cover is. It shows Tarana as what she really is: a queen! Her story is powerful, uplifting, and it made me emotional. I too, am a survivor of sexual assault. I stand in solidarity with every survivor and I can‘t imagine the pain Tarana suffered—especially when white feminism hijacked her work. ‘#metoo‘ did not begin when Hollywood actresses came out against Harvey Weinstein. It began with one Black

JenniferEgnor womxn found her courage and started doing the work for awareness and healing in her own community. Highly recommended! 2mo
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vlwelser
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So good. I definitely recommend the #audiobook. I love this cover. And what an amazing lady.

#DoubleSpin done! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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NovelNancy
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Such an interesting read in light of all the current rumbles of book banning in our schools. This is such an important read for so many who need to know their experience is not unique. Well written with vulnerability, the author narrates her personal journey behind the #MeToo movement.

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youneverarrived
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So glad I went with audio for this one (thanks for recommending @Megabooks ) Tarana tells her story powerfully and beautifully. I love that she shows her vulnerable moments and through trauma found a way to help others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nonfiction2022 - survivor

Megabooks So glad you liked it! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is on my to read list, I‘m thinking audiobook is the way to go now. (edited) 4mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This is an important memoir and I‘m glad I listened to the audiobook. It‘s moving and brought me to tears a few times. Also a gorgeous cover. Highly recommend!

Addison_Reads The audiobook made this a really powerful read for me. Great review. 4mo
Lauren890 @Addison_Reads Agreed and thank you! It‘s such a powerful book. 4mo
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SW-T
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This was a great memoir. Whether you‘re familiar with her and her work or not, it‘s a raw, powerful, amazing and heartfelt book. Definitely recommend.

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kspenmoll
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#12booksof2021 #9 #September

Raw,honest, emotional memoir of a black woman, the trauma she experienced from sexual abuse as a child & throughout her life, her healing process & redemption. Her life work is helping young black women like she once was, learn to love themselves, scars & all.

Andrew65 Looks good. 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Catching up on my last few reviews from 2021.

This memoir is by far my favorite of the year. 💚 Tarana Burke has a powerful voice. She writes with so much emotion that this book left me raw once I finished. She puts her story out there for everyone to read and tells of how her own trauma pushed her towards activism. She is the true hero of the #metoo movement and she empowered so many women to have the confidence to share their truth.

JenniferEgnor A friend let me borrow this, reading soon! 6mo
Addison_Reads @JenniferEgnor I think you'll like it. I'm excited to see what you think. 6mo
Megabooks This was a favorite memoir too. 6mo
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Lesliereads
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True story: I was leaving my apartment building to go for a walk and said hello to a neighbor who was sitting in the lobby opening mail and deliveries. She asked “Do you read?”
“Oh, yes!” I replied.
“Well, here- I want to give this book to you. I just got it from Amazon.”
“That‘s so kind, but….”
“ I can‘t read it.” She said, and pointed to her eyes. “I‘m going to listen to the audiobook.”
She bought it to give away; refused my money.

Lesliereads (Continued) I learned that my neighbor‘s name is Betty and she is 85 years old. She bought the book to support Tarana Burke‘s continued work. A pick for me even though the last 3rd of the book felt rushed and less carefully edited than the first part. #TaranaBurke #MeToomovement 6mo
TheKidUpstairs Betty rocks 6mo
squirrelbrain Betty is a great neighbour! ❤️ 6mo
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EvieBee What a story! 💕 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love this story. 💕 We need more neighbours like Betty. 6mo
Lesliereads @squirrelbrain yes! I feel myself blessed to have made Betty‘s acquaintance this way.♥️ 6mo
Lesliereads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego May others speak of us in the same way, one day!🙌🏾 6mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee I love when there is a real life story I get to tag to my reading of a book! 💞 6mo
SRWCF What a great story! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Another great memoir! Glimpses of Tarana‘s childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood that led to the work and creation of the #metoo movement. Definitely felt her disappointment with the fact that white women using the hashtag created the global movement as we know it today.

kspenmoll 💜💛 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @Singout yes! I read that one last year. Great comparison, thanks for mentioning it 😊 7mo
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Suet624
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I‘m so glad she chose to write her memoir. What a role model.

Jas16 I am listening to the audiobook right now and it is hard to stop listening. 8mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I know! 7mo
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peaches424
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It was more of a personal memoir than what I was expecting, but the stories and experiences she wrote about will definitely stick with me.

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TaraTLK
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Not an easy read, but I ended up finishing this in just about a day. The audio is read by the author and her story of her experiences growing up, and the non-profit work she did leading her to build a program when she saw how the work of empowering victims of sexual assault was itself movement work was compelling.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Burke shares her story as the creator of the "me too" movement and her growth as an activist working to make a difference in the lives of brown and black girls who have survived sexual abuse. A survivor herself, Burke opens up about her own struggle to share the painful experiences that are at the core of her work. It is an excellent memoir, shedding light on the need for healing and empathy within the community of survivors.

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Eggbeater
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A very inspiring story of a life dedicated to activism from a woman who made herself vulnerable in order to help other girls of color who were sexually abused. This book is powerful and hopeful. I didn't understand the religious aspect of Tarana Burke's journey, but she was stating her truth and telling her her personal story. I am in awe of her.

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Cinfhen
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Powerful and moving. Tarana Burke eloquently narrates her memoir with strength, grace, humor and heart. Here on these pages she shares her childhood traumas that compelled her to be a guiding force for other young brown and black girls who couldn‘t find their voice but held a pen to write #MeToo 💔

Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendation @Megabooks 🙌🏻 9mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks, Sarah!! You picked AWESOME numbers this month 😉 @TheAromaofBooks xx 9mo
TheAromaofBooks LOL the BookSpin Fates do as they will! 😂 9mo
Megabooks It is a fantastic book. Great review! 9mo
kspenmoll Great review. Loved this book! 9mo
Cinfhen Tarana is a great storyteller/ very eloquent and empowering @kspenmoll (edited) 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Up next! This cover art is 🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Christine
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Beautifully written and narrated memoir. Burke is remarkable. In telling her uniquely compelling story of how she became an activist, she also lays out truths that could apply to anyone hoping to fight for social justice and change (listen to your inner voice, draw upon your own lived experience, be vulnerable). And I love the cover so much! Can't stop looking at it. Planning to pick up her book with Brené Brown soon.

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amma-keep-reading
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Wow. Her story, her voice, her movement is so compelling.

SamAnne Minutes ago I just finished listening to her interview on Fresh Air. Wow. Recommend. Will be checking out her book. 9mo
amma-keep-reading @SamAnne she is kind of amazing! 8mo
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Julsmarshall
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My October #BookspinBingo list. #1-13 is left to right on my cart. The #audio and ebooks are on the post its. @TheAromaofBooks @Soubhiville #authoramonth

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
Soubhiville Fun! 9mo
LeslieO I gather my #bookspin books on my cart, too! It‘s kinda silly of me because I only read about 8-10 of them and then put them back and pull the next months books. 9mo
Julsmarshall @LeslieO I do the same thing :) 9mo
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kspenmoll
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#metoo #literati #meganrapinoe
Tarana Burke birthed the #metoo movement giving voice to the black girls that she made her life‘s mission to help heal.She heard & validated their truth & in doing so, effected their liberation.Her own story of sexual abuse & betrayal is honest,raw,tender,beautiful &fearless.She faces her demons with resolve,grit,& determination,& confronts the excruciatingly painful,visceral quagmire of her own brutal story.

Chelsea.Poole Can‘t wait to read this one and I adore Megan Rapinoe!! 9mo
Nute Excellent review! 9mo
Megabooks Great review!! 9mo
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Hooked_on_books I just finished the other day. So good! 9mo
kspenmoll @Chelsea.Poole @Nute @Megabooks Thank you!!! 9mo
Suet624 Great review!! 8mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thanks & good morning to you! Sunrise later today…but I rather nit drive home in the dark. 8mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll I get to drive in the dark both ways! 🙁😳. Best wishes to you!! 8mo
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Hooked_on_books
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This terrific memoir is not the story of the Me Too Movement itself, but the life experiences of founder Tarana Burke that led her to create it. There‘s some really tough stuff here, but Burke understands balance and this just reads beautifully. I‘m so glad she‘s willing to tell her story. It‘s so important that more voices are heard so that we can change our society‘s approach to and understanding of sexual abuse and assault.

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Megabooks
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I have a #MemoirHangover from this beautiful #audiobook. 5⭐️ and one of the best during this #YearOfMemoirs!

Tarana shares her journey from victim to advocate and why she started #MeToo. She has amazing courage. She gave Black girls a way to share their pain long before Alyssa Milano posted to Twitter. I‘m glad so many people have benefited from her work, and I feel privileged to be able to read her story. Thank you, Tarana!

Cinfhen #STACKED !!! I‘ll probably use a credit if I can‘t borrow xx 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes!!!! 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
Megabooks I know you love excellent nonfiction @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 👍🏻 9mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking!!! 9mo
Chelsea.Poole Glad to hear it‘s one of the best for you! I‘m waiting for this one on Libby 😊 9mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole ooooo!! I hope you get it soon! 👍🏻 9mo
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kspenmoll
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“Unkindness is a serial killer.”

#literati

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Kshakal
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Eggs Brilliant 💕 9mo
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kspenmoll
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#literati #meganrapinoebookclub #bookmail
Megan Rapinoe is hosting a literati bookclub.Love her choices. Excited to start reading this book tomorrow.

#womensfootball #soccer #USA #equalpay (had to put in a plug for that) Saw them defeat Mexico in July- packed stadium & constant chanting of “Equal Pay!” Game this Thursday, US vs Paraguay.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/sports/soccer/us-soccer-equal-pay.html

TheBookHippie What a beautiful cover! 9mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie It is gorgeous! Colors so rich. 9mo
Suet624 How great that Rapinoe has a book club! 8mo
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Hooked_on_books
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If you‘ve been looking for a book subscription option, #Literati has just added Megan Rapinoe as a luminary, and she has selected Tarana Burke‘s memoir as her September pick! I‘m definitely planning to pick up this one! (And yes, you can skip a month with Literati, though they don‘t advertise that fact.)

MicheleinPhilly 👍🏼 I may have to pull the trigger. 10mo
Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly If I hadn‘t already taken the plunge, this addition would have gotten me off the fence! 10mo
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