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Summary

An eye-opening exploration of race in America

In this deeply inspiring audiobook, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day - and often in unexpected ways. 

In Tell Me Who You Are, Guo and Vulchi reveal the lines that separate us based on race or other perceived differences and how telling our stories - and listening deeply to the stories of others - are the first and most crucial steps we can take towards negating racial inequity in our culture. Featuring interviews with over 150 Americans, this intimate toolkit also offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change.

This groundbreaking audiobook will inspire listeners to join Guo and Vulchi in imagining an America in which we can fully understand and appreciate who we are.

Read by Elizabeth Liang and Dominic Hoffman with authors Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi 

©2019 Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“In Tell Me Who You Are, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo do exactly that - tell us who they are, how they have come to thinking so carefully, so deeply about race, and how they want to create change. From Alaska to Florida they visit all 50 of these United States to talk to people about their experiences of race and the intersections of identity in America. This book is at once hopeful, raw, and brimming with curiosity, engagement, and youthful energy. Through the conversations these women have with people from all walks of life, we see that the key to any kind of progress begins with letting people tell us who they are. If you want to have richer, more fruitful discussions about race, gender, all the things that comprise our identities, this book will give you a necessary vocabulary. All you have to do is turn the page.” (Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women)

“This is an exploration of race in America by two young women who are earnestly challenging their own assumptions, and encouraging the rest of us to do the same.  If you’re a young person who wants to be part of our national conversation on race but doesn’t know where to start, this book is an engaging launching point.” (Cecilia Muñoz, former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President Obama and Senior Vice President at the National Council of La Raza [now UNIDOS US], the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization)

“This is a critical book for current times where we are seeing a resurgence of nationalism, racism, sexism, and authoritarianism globally. Better communication and understanding, particularly among the next generation, is the key to humanizing the unfamiliar and countering identity politics. Kudos Priya and Winona for your vision, your journey and the honesty and respect with which you tackle diverse stories from across the country." (Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now)

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  • Cynthia Heard
  • 05-04-21

Excellent stories shared!

I learned so much from the intersectionality within groups that really highlights how the characteristic most obvious to other people about an individual guides how they interact with an individual. Terminology used in this book was new to me and some was known but I didn't know it that way. I encourage anyone who needs more language and concepts to help guide your future interactions with others in a climate of odd happens where allies need to created.

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  • Bethany Hall
  • 18-03-21

Great book, audio book needs editing

This is a really relatable and important book on the issue of race in America. I love that the authors are college-age students who set out to listen to people’s stories and then share that with us. I also appreciated the historical commentary and definition of terms that are interspersed throughout.
The editing needs work on the audio book. In the middle there were times that words were missing and at least once when a section was repeated.

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  • Sydney Berry Ling
  • 27-12-20

A must-listen for every American

Powerful & well-organized account of real human stories as well as clear definitions and descriptions of terms and phrases about race (a human construct), identity, equity and intersectionality that are commonly misunderstood or biased.

Having listened to the full audiobook, I am now more informed and equipped to find my place in the broader mission to make America a more just and equitable place for all - particularly as a European-American woman in a cross-cultural marriage to an Asian-Australian man.

Thank you Winona & Priya for following through on your vision for this book and ongoing mission. Continue to be bold, brave and compassionate. You are both an inspiration!

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  • Xhris Castillejo
  • 18-03-22

Amazing Stories about Racism in America

Can't really elaborate; you just need to listen to the book! Such moving and intricate stories about racism in America from all angles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

An absolute must read by all

Read, reflect, engage...
Powerful to see students become teachers...
Inspiring growth- & open-mindsets
Thank you!