My Vanishing Country: A Memoir

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir

Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future.

Anchored in in Bakari Seller’s hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his father’s rise to become, friend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, a civil rights hero, and member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) , to explore the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working class―many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations.

In his poetic personal history, we are awakened to the crisis affecting the other “Forgotten Men & Women,” who the media seldom acknowledges. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair.

My Vanishing Country is also a love letter to fatherhood―to Sellers' father, his lodestar, whose life lessons have shaped him, and to his newborn twins, who he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and honor its legacy.

Title:My Vanishing Country: A Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062917454
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    My Vanishing Country: A Memoir Reviews

  • Amerie

    June's Amerie's Book Club selection is My Vanishing Country by Bakari Sellers!📚In his unapologetically emotional memoir, CNN analyst Bakari Sellers shares what it is to grow up "Black, country, and...

  • Elizabeth (Dr. Roz) Rosner

    Such a powerful memoir! Mr. Sellers covers the Civil Rights Movement, MLK, the Fierce Urgency of Now, the role of the church, and politics today. He artfully weaves together his story with his dad's. ...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    I really enjoyed getting to know Bakari Sellers. The content of this book was super interesting and his position as a civil rights legacy is incredible. The food was just ok but the content was great....

  • Jim KABLE

    Cometh the Day, Cometh the BookI “met” the author Bakari Sellers via an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now just two days ago. I googled his name - there was a book - this book - and immed...

  • Jasmine

    First lets start with the cover, the picture of him as a child is an adorable one. From his nod to his father and history. The book is just outright intelligent and unique in the way that he tells not...

  • Christal

    Very timely book! As a white woman from rural Mississippi, I appreciated learning about the perspective of blacks in the rural American South. I also gained a greater historical understanding of the o...

  • Beverly Herndon

    Beautiful memoir written from the soul. Bakari has wisdom beyond his 35 years as evidenced by the influence history and legacy have on his actions today. I appreciate his honesty and cold hard truths....

  • Nancy

    Finished: 23.05.2020Genre: memoirRating: BEasy to readFather and son relationship....that I felt forHopscotching places and timesCarefully observedWise but not self-righteousPolitical but not 1-dimen...

  • Kya Publishing (Toronto)

    I love a good story, particularly from folks who have harnessed their experiences into powerful message, careers, actions, and examples. The life story of Bakari Sellers was a very timely and inspirat...

  • Sami Frankel

    This book was published at an incredibly relevant time, and Bakari Sellers is an important one that deserves to be told and shared. He presents historical context, sociological analysis, and religious...