- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 683 KB
- Print Length: 328 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1443453803
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 10 2016)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0166KTYBI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, eye weekly, the Literary Review of Canada and Elle Canada. Al Solaylee’s bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, and Canada Reads, and won the Toronto Book Award. Brown is a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Literary Non-fiction. Al-Solaylee holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has taught at the University of Waterloo and York University. Al-Solaylee lives in Toronto.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Although well researched, I find the book to be tedious at times. If you care about the brown experience, you are either in it, or are aware of much of the findings. If you don't care, you aren't likely to read this book. I doubt that anyone with a racist attitude would bother, even though these are the ones needing enlightening.
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The author uses many personal stories to keep the analysis grounded in real experience and not too theoretical. He spent months (years?) interviewing workers all over the world. Although the material can be grim, Al-Solaylee's writing style is warm and occasionally humorous, indicating that a real person did this fieldwork, not some dry scientist. I recommend this book for a look at how brown people survive in host countries all over the world, and to see how Mexicans in the U.S. fit into this dynamic (as a Mexican-American, that's my particular interest).