I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Emmy Award-winning legal journalist and co-host of The View Sunny Hostin chronicles her journey from growing up in a South Bronx housing project to becoming an assistant US attorney and journalist in this powerful memoir that offers an intimate and unique look at identity, intolerance, and injustice.
“What are you?” has followed Sunny Hostin from the beginning of her story, as she grew up half Puerto Rican and half African-American raised by teenage parents in the South Bronx. Escaping poverty and the turbulence of her early life through hard work, a bit of luck and earning academic scholarships to college and law school, Sunny immersed herself in the workings of the criminal justice system.
In Washington, D.C., Sunny became a federal prosecutor, soon parlaying her wealth of knowledge of the legal system into a successful career as a legal journalist. She was one of the first national reporters to cover Trayvon Martin’s death - which her producers erroneously labeled “just a local story.”
Today, an inescapable voice from the top echelons of news and entertainment, Sunny uses her platform to advocate for social justice and give a voice to the marginalized. In her signature no-holds-barred, straight-up style, Sunny opens up and shares her intimate struggles with fertility and personal turmoil, and reflects on the high-stakes cases and stories she worked on as a prosecutor and during her time at CNN, Fox News, ABC, and The View.
Timely, poignant, and moving, I Am These Truths is the story of a woman living between two worlds, and learning to bridge them together to fight for what’s right.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Sunny Hostin, Charisse Jones|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 22, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #36,958 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#58 in Hispanic & Latin Biographies
#412 in Biographies of Women
#571 in Black & African American Biographies
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
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Aesthetically, it was easy to visualize the many neighborhoods that she described. I could hear the accents in my head as I read the conversations between her and her friends and relatives. It was interesting to read about her reasons for becoming a prosecutor. She thoroughly explained her thought process.
Most revealing was her navigation through the world as an Afro Puerto Rican, as a "light-skinned" Puerto Rican. "Colorism" is well known in communities of color. Sunny gives a first-hand account of the effect it had on her on both sides of her family. But contrary to what another reviewer wrote, Sunny is fluent in Spanish. I agree with Sunny that it seems only Americans are uno-lingual, (my word). She and her husband raised their children bi-lingual. Sunny was also very candid about the advantages of being light-skinned in television land. While I believe it took courage to write about it, it is an open secret that few journalists will admit to.
I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to aspiring lawyers and journalists.
I've watched The View many times and always felt interested by the various views expressed by the differing Co Hosts. Although I did have a few issues with some of the language used by Ms McCain.
Sunny, you are a very good author and I do hope you release your other books on kindle 😊
A few favorites was laughing out loud about her “meeting Manny.” Oh, I so loved that part! It just seemed to be ‘so Sunny!’ And her journey to motherhood particularly stood out. Any woman experiencing infertility will definitely want to read her experience. Also, be prepared for a little suspense too; in that way where this one will be hard to put down. I couldn't wait to read what Sunny was going to share next, a very important...as well as magnetic element to the overall feel of this memoir. I have never watched 'The View', but after reading this memoir I'm inclined to check it out, just to hear what all else Sunny is talking about. This memoir really has teeth. Highly recommended!
I grew up in Birmingham during the late fifties early sixties. I was raised Catholic and walked to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic school with my youngest sister. I was 12 when the 16th Ave Street Baptist Church was bombed. I couldn't understand why anyone would bomb a church. My dad said it was because they were the N word. My mom confirmed for me that it WAS wrong and my catechism was correct, we are ALL the children of God, red, yellow, blue, brown, green, black, orange or purple. That's how I raised my kids and I am so proud of them both for how they have handled the prejudices they have faced. Sunny's fear for her children is heartbreaking and ANGRY-making: No woman should have that fear in this country and too many do. One can only hope that the new batch of young people will go on to change the law and attitudes so that we ALL may be free. Sunny is my new hero!! Long may she fight!!!
Thanks for being an advocate for the Latino, Black and female communities. I know it’s not easy but am grateful that you are leveraging your platform to benefit others. I am a fan of “The View” and you.