Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-solayleeBrown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-solaylee

Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)

byKamal Al-solaylee

Hardcover | May 10, 2016

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Winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the Trillium Book Award

A Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, CBC Books, Chatelaine, Hill Times, 49th Shelf and Writers’ Trust Best Book of the Year

With the urgency and passion of Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me), the seductive storytelling of J.D. Vance (Hillbilly Elegy) and the historical rigour of Carol Anderson (White Rage), Kamal Al-Solaylee explores the in-between space that brown people occupy in today’s world: on the cusp of whiteness and the edge of blackness. Brown proposes a cohesive racial identity and politics for the millions of people from the Global South and provides a timely context for the frictions and anxieties around immigration and multiculturalism that have led to the rise of populist movements in Europe and the election of Donald Trump.

At once personal and global, Brown is packed with storytelling and on-the-street reporting conducted over two years in ten countries on four continents that reveals a multitude of lives and stories from destinations as far apart as the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, the United States, Britain, Trinidad, France, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Canada. It features striking research about the emergence of brown as the colour of cheap labor and the pursuit of a lighter skin tone as a global status symbol. As he studies the significance of brown skin for people from North Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Central America, and South and East Asia, Al-Solaylee also reflects on his own identity and experiences as a brown-skinned person (in his case from Yemen) who grew up with images of whiteness as the only indicators of beauty and success.

This is a daring and politically resonant work that challenges our assumptions about race, immigration and globalism and recounts the heartbreaking stories of the people caught in the middle.

Title:Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443441430

ISBN - 13:9781443441438

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everybody needs to read this book. I am stunned by the revelations of shadism so expertly and dramatically uncovered in this book. As a white, middle-aged woman, I have another type of invisibility: one that allows me to walk through life blending in to the dominant culture with an ease that I didn't realize was gifted to me by the nature of my skin colour. The courage of the people whose stories Kamal Al-Solaylee so poignantly describes both uplift me and break my heart. A must read for those of us who forget that where and to whom we are born is a crap shoot.
Date published: 2016-07-06

Editorial Reviews

“Packed with storytelling and on-the-street reporting conducted over two years in ten countries from four continents that reveal a multitude of lives and stories.”