Tattered Cover is honored to present Linda Villarosa on September 13th at our Colfax location. This event will begin at 6pm is free and open to the public. Linda Villarosa will be joined by culture writer/journalist Lisa Kennedy for a conversation and discussion about Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation! There will be a book signing after the discussion and Q&A.
ABOUT THE BOOK
"A stunning exposé of why Black people in our society 'live sicker and die quicker'—an eye-opening game changer."—Oprah Daily
From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.
In 2018, Linda Villarosa's New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa's article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as a white woman with an eighth grade education made racial disparities in health care impossible to ignore.
Now, in Under the Skin, Linda Villarosa lays bare the forces in the American health-care system and in American society that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts. Today's medical texts and instruments still carry fallacious slavery-era assumptions that Black bodies are fundamentally different from white bodies. Study after study of medical settings show worse treatment and outcomes for Black patients. Black people live in dirtier, more polluted communities due to environmental racism and neglect from all levels of government. And, most powerfully, Villarosa describes the new understanding that coping with the daily scourge of racism ages Black people prematurely. Anchored by unforgettable human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, Under the Skin is dramatic, tragic, and necessary reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LINDA VILLAROSA is a journalism professor at the City University of New York and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, where she covers the intersection of race and health. She has also served as executive editor at Essence and as a science editor at The New York Times. Her article on maternal and infant mortality was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She is a contributor to The 1619 Project.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
After years as a senior-level editor in New York City -- the Village Voice, Us magazine and Out -- and then film and theater critic for the Denver Post, LISA KENNEDY freelance writes on culture, edits and teaches non-fiction writing. Her work has appeared most recently in the New York Times, Variety, the Denver Post, American Theatre magazine, AARP.com and Alta magazine. She is at work on a memoir about her brother and AIDS.