"Tarana Burke, I just finished Unbound. Searing. Powerful. Needed!! Thank you." —Oprah
“Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories. Tarana’s words are a testimony to liberation and love.” —Brené Brown
One of BookPage's 10 Best Audiobooks of 2021
This program is read by the author.
From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the "me too" movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words—me too—and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history.
Tarana didn’t always have the courage to say "me too." As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not as a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn’t.
Tarana fought to reunite her fractured self, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community. In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared. They gave her the courage to embrace her power. A power which in turn she shared with the entire world. Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves.
Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman’s inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
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You might be surprised to hear that the Me Too movement began long before it hit national news…all the way back in the Myspace era. Tarana Burke coined the catchphrase in 2006, in an effort to raise awareness about the damning prevalence of sexual assaults against Black women. In her heartbreaking and inspiring memoir, we tag along for the journey. Burke dives into the difficult personal experiences that have fueled her activism for decades—and her earnest narration adds even more emotional weight to her words. Even in the darkest moments of her story, Burke emphasizes the power she ultimately found in standing up with fellow survivors and uniting with community to press for change. Unbound is just the kind of raw, honest, and empowering memoir that will help others join her.
Thank you for singing a Black Girl’s Song. For lighting my way to healing. For connecting me to the truth of myself. (And you’re an EXCELLENT reader!)