My Vanishing Country

Bakari Sellers beautifully evokes the South Carolina low country to explain how its backbreaking poverty and history of relentless racism molded him.

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Review of ‘My Vanishing Country’

Family trauma—even inherited trauma—can take a tremendous toll on children. But as Bakari Sellers makes plain in My Vanishing Country, family trauma can also be a source of strength.

Sellers’ story is remarkable. When he was 22, he unseated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest legislator in South Carolina. In that role, he championed…

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