Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

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In 2016, for many of us, the world shifted. The historic election ended in ways we did not expect, and it made us question what America and we truly are, collectively. Then, in February 2017, a new mantra emerged. Particularly for women, the phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” became a balm to the ache we’d been feeling.

Enter the new collection of essays Nevertheless, We Persisted, from publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Featuring a foreword by Senator Amy Klobuchar, this collection includes stories of Americans of all ages, all genders, and all ethnicities. It is a collection to remind us that America is not perfect, that racism and sexism (among other social ills) exist, but that we, in our steadfast determination to persevere, can persist.

Reading this collection was a powerful and inspiring reminder that the circumstances into which we are born or thrust by social expectation need not define us. That we have within us the great well of commitment that can allow us to be bigger, brighter, and more beautiful than the things that have happened to and around us. An essay from teen activist Gavin Grimm speaks to the need to stand up for others, while Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner advocates for accepting yourself “As Is.” Former and current pro athletes tell their stories alongside performers, professors, and those in politics, all expressing how they persisted. It is a collection to be read and shared again and again, as it calls all of us to remember we can and we will get through this.


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Author Amy Klobuchar, Foreword
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2018-Sep-04
ISBN 9781524771966
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Issue October 2018
Category Young Adult
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