What I am Reading: “This Will Be My Undoing” by Morgan Jerkins

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To purchase Jerkin’s book: https://amzn.to/2yRrYGn

Our Nashville, TN African-American book club rated Jerkin’s book 3.75 Stars on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The only reason it didn’t receive a higher score is because those that attended were women in our 40’s and up and we felt Morgan has a lot of living to do. Although she is a wise, unique, and brilliant young woman we want to see how her story plays out.

Note: Our book club consists of women of all ages, and I choose Jerkins book for the younger women to have a book to relate to since our last book was by Terry McMillan and was about Dr. Georgia Young, an older woman attempting to reinvent herself. Which I loved by the way and it was one my favorite books of all time!

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To purchase McMillan’s book: https://amzn.to/2JE5o8n

Here are some questions to ask yourself while or after reading Jerkin’s book or at your next book club.

  1. Who are you? How do you imagine yourself?
  2. Morgan felt so “fly” in her “Jersey dress” in 6th grade, do you remember an outfit from your childhood that made you feel the same?
  3. Did you have a Black or White barbie doll?
  4. The author believes Black women are sexualized from a very young age. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  5. The author believes women have no ownership over how their body is viewed. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  6. In your family, did you discuss “fast-tailed” girls? Did it discourage you from behaving and dressing in a certain way?
  7. The author believes Black women are silently at war every day, can you relate?
  8. What is your family’s view of counseling (positive/negative)?
  9. Have you ever experienced being in a store where you felt free to shop without being watched?
  10. What did you think about the chapter on affirmations? Do you use affirmations?
  11. Were her standards too high when it came to dating?
  12. What did you think about her relationship with her family (Mom, Dad, Stepfather, etc.)?
  13. What is your opinion on the saying #BlackGirlMagic?
  14. Blackness – is it instinctual or learned?
  15. Do you relate to her feelings of being an outsider with other Black women?
  16. Did she overreact about getting into the pool?
  17. What would you rate the book (1-5 Stars, 5 highest) and why?
  18. Was the author genuine and authentic? Why or why not?
  19. Do you agree with her friend that denied her a contact at the New Yorker?
  20. Should non-Black writers tell our story as in the movie “Girlhood” that was referenced in the book? Why or why not?
  21. Explain why we (Black folks) just can’t be human?
  22. Do you want to be viewed as human vs. Black? Why or why not?
  23. What was your opinion on Beyoncé’s Lemonade video? Did you relate to the author’s view of the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omh_shh_hMM)?
  24. Do you identify with being Black or Brown, Why?
  25. Are women responsible for how they are perceived?
  26. Have you ever traveled to a place where you were able to forget about being Black?
  27. Why did she connect with her gay republican roommate more that anyone else in Harlem?
  28. What was Harlem like for the author?
  29. Have you ever been “complimented” as not seeming Black as the author was in Russia? How did it make you feel?
  30. What would you have titled this book if you were the author?


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