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A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining

A Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining

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From a highly lauded modern voice in feminism and racial justice comes a deeply personal and insightful testament to the power of reimagining to dismantle the frameworks and systems that no longer serve us while building new ones that do.

"Powerful . . . You will leave these pages changed for the better."--Gabrielle Union, New York Times bestselling author of We're Going to Need More Wine

There are breaking points in all our lives when we realize that the way things have been done before just don't work for us anymore, be it the way we approach our relationships, our belief systems, our work, our education, even our rest. For activist, philanthropist, and CEO Rachel E. Cargle, reimagining--the act of creating in our minds that which does not exist but that we believe can and should--has been a lifelong process. Reimagining served as the most powerful catalyst for Cargle's personal transformation from a small-town Christian wife to an incisive queer feminist voice of a generation.

In A Renaissance of Our Own, we witness the sometimes painful but always inspiring breaking points in Cargle's life that fostered a truer identity. These defining moments offer a blueprint for how we must all use our imagination--the space that sees beyond limits--to live in alignment with our highest values and to craft a world independent of oppressive structures, both personal and societal. Cargle now invites you to acknowledge ways of being that stem from societal expectations instead of your personal truth, and to embark on a renaissance of your own. She provides the very tools and prompts that she used to unearth her own truth, tools that opened her up to being a more authentic feminist and purpose-driven matriarchal leader.

A Renaissance of Our Own
gives us the courage to look at the world and say "I want something different." It serves as a reminder of the power and possibility of reimagining a life that feels right, all the way down to the marrow of your bones.

Author: Rachel E. Cargle
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 05/16/2023
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.90w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780593134733

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2023
Booklist 04/01/2023 pg. 5

About the Author
Rachel E. Cargle is an activist, entrepreneur, and philanthropic innovator. She is the founder of The Loveland Group, a family of companies including Elizabeth's Bookshop & Writing Centre, a literary space that celebrates marginalized voices, and The Great Unlearn, an adult learning platform that centers the teaching of BIPOC thinkers. In 2018, she founded The Loveland Foundation, offering free access to mental health care for Black women and girls. Cargle is a regular contributor to Cultured magazine, Atmos, and The Cut, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

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