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Stakes Is High

Stakes Is High

Life After the American Dream

Brave, clear-eyed, and passionate, Stakes Is High is the book we need to guide us past crisis mode and through an uncertain future.

The 2016 election forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, and the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in Stakes Is High, Mychal Denzel Smith confronts the shortcomings of these stories-and with the American Dream itself-and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize.

Smith exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, holding all of us, individually and as a nation, to account. We’ve gotten used to looking away, but the fissures and casual violence-of incarceration, poverty, misogyny, and racism-are ever-present.

But there is a future that is not as grim as our past. In this profound work, Smith helps us envision it, with care, honesty, and imagination.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

On Sale: September 15th 2020

Price: $14.99 / $18.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 192

ISBN-13: 9781568588728

Meet The Author: Mychal Denzel Smith

Mychal Denzel Smith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching and a fellow at the Type Media Center. He has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Complex, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Root, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, and HuffPost Live. He lives in Brooklyn.

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"With searing vision and unwavering clarity, Mychal Denzel Smith dismantles our most enduring myths and dangerous national illusions. His argument is personal, intimate. It calls on us, line by line, to do the hard work of truthful living: to hold past and present, love and criticism, up in equal measure. Stakes Is High will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most important works of the decade; as social critique, as personal essay, as a master class in language. Keep it within arm's length; you'll be reaching for it long after you've read the last line."—Téa Obreht, author of Inland
"A fresh, modern, thrilling call for humanity to come together as well as a brilliant investigation into what it means to be an American. Stakes Is High is required reading."—Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours
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