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From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the 21st century, the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation.

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 of 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 soul, through organising, pursuing justice and finding community. In her debut memoir, she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and Brown girls, and the devastating realisation that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. Tarana has 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.

©2021 Tarana Burke (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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"Searing. Powerful. Needed." (Oprah)

"I will never stop thinking about this book." (Glennon Doyle)

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just buy this book. Period.

it is hard to say I "loved" a book that is written about a subject so horrific and excruciating. But dispite the subject, I listened to Tarana's story over a single weekend. Her honesty and clarity will change forever the way I speak to my daughters about abuse and sexual violence. I am a better mother and human for listening to her life experiences.

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  • dan g.
  • 09-23-21

Fantastic book

Where to start…not much I write could do this book justice. It feels so important to have Tarana’s personal story out in the world. As a survivor myself, with more than just a few parallels, this resonated profoundly but I think everyone will come away richer for knowing it and not just survivors. It’s unflinching and unwavering and bold. It’s courageous, honest and dripping with empathy. Thank you Tarana xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-21

Amazing!

I love reading but I've only ever listened to a few audible books and I never finish them. I listened to this from start to finish and finished it within a few days. Tarana Burke writes from the heart and I felt every word. I had tears in my eyes at many points in the story. How amazing that someone can endure so much but still come out fighting not just for herself but for all women who have gone through what she went through. When you listen to this you start to reflect on all the bad in the world and wonder how people can be so cruel. But then you pause take a breath and realise that there are beautiful people too and Tarana Burke is one of them. What a courageous and talented woman.
Thank you for sharing your story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-21

Phenomenal!!!

I couldn't stop listening to it! It was worth every second. Thank you Tarana.
I felt an array of emotions - happiness, anger, hope, shock, surprise, compassion...
all ingredients of a well written book.
It's an emotional story that I could totally relate to.
Tarana doesn't hold back in sharing about her experiences, the good, the bad, and ugly. Her candidness and courage are very refreshing. I feel emboldened to share my story too as a survivor. It's definitely going to stay in my library for a very, very, very long time.
In summary, it's a must read!

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  • Emily N.
  • 01-15-22

Powerful and moving

Beautifully written and read, will be recommending it to others. Me too movement has impacts so many and it’s incredible to hear of its origins and impacts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

I was undone and remade!!!

I have already read and reread chapters. Stellar!!! We didn’t know how much we needed this book and how much the world needed Tarana Burke

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  • kerry stott
  • 11-18-21

Phenomenal

Powerful, educational, breath taking, and life affirming. I have no words to fully describe how brilliant this book is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Outstanding

This wonderful delivery is a call to action especially on us men. To acknowledge what we are doing through the patriarchy’s hold on black girls and women. Take heed men. Take heed

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  • assmarques
  • 10-26-21

Heavy and beautiful ❤️

Brilliant book.
Heavy yet you can’t stop reading/listening to.
Still processing all the stories.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-28-21

amazing!!

recommended by Glennon Doyle... thank you G!!! was exactly what I needed to be listening to at this time in my life. brilliant 👏

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  • 12-18-21

Brilliant from start to finish

It had me with all the feels, I recommend to anyone and everyone, a really great listen.

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  • Caroline Guillemain
  • 12-14-21

What a leader!

Such an inspiring story. To hear the journey of Tarana and how she has stepped into her leadership is simply incredible. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • Tara Sargent
  • 11-09-21

A must listen to

This book is powerful and beautiful, a must listen. I absolutely loved this book. A story that needed telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

powerful read

Highly recommended. This is an exceptionally powerful story. Thank you for sharing your story, miss Tarana.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

Absolutely life changing

This book has changed the trajectory of my life. Her poetry and her vulnerability flow like water. Thank god for her.