Raising Our Hands

The author’s note in Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold begins, “This book is intended for women interested in exploring what it means to be white in the United States today….in this book I unpack and question..norms against the backdrop of our unequal society. Coming to the realities of this book through my life experience, I hope, might provide a helpful vantage point for some readers and increase the likelihood that they will start having conversations they previously avoided or answered with silence.” It seems a fitting read for me and one to culminate a summer of reading books with a goal of learning, working, and doing better. And, while I enjoyed this read overall, there was something about the author’s tone that bothered me as I read. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it made the book harder for me to get through than some others I chose this summer.

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