Oluo’s timely and powerful book posits that we need to talk about race but often don’t because we are afraid we will get it wrong, not know enough, not know how to answer common arguments, or otherwise cause more harm than good. In So You Want to Talk About Race, she uses straightforward language, clear yet nuanced definitions and explanations, national data, and personal stories to break down answers to a lot of common questions about contemporary race issues in ways that will make having these conversations less intimidating and provides strategies and advice for having productive dialogue. We all need this book.
So You Want to Talk About Race is one of 12 finalists chosen for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Book Award. The six winners will be announced in January. nwbooklovers.org is posting blurbs from the committee for each of the shortlisted titles.