by Deborah Jean Burris-Kitchen, Ph.D.
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Pub Date 14 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2023
An uncensored, raw critique of America’s political, economic, and class structure, Exposed is an in-your-face real-as-dirt critique of American society in real-time.
This memoir of short stories and poetry transports the reader through a journey of unfiltered versions of love and social injustice through the eyes of a sociologist.
Exposed takes the reader on an expedition highlighting her struggle to find love and earn respect as she crashes against wave after wave of toxic masculinity. She lays bare women’s victimization as they continue to fight for empowerment and equality. In the final chapter, her poetic words of protest tear down the iron curtain exposing all the inequities of the American Caste system with a desire to provoke social change.
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Dr. Burris-Kitchen is also an activist who fights against violence, racism, exploitation, and greed.
"Burris-Kitchen bares her soul in this poetic exploration of gender, empowerment, and societal expectations." -Independent Book Review
"Dr. Deborah Jean Burris-Kitchen displays a profound honesty in the work she presents, opening up what can only be attributed to the wounds and healing of personal experience." -Readers' Favorite
"This robust collection implores readers to create a world of freedom from racism, sexism, rape, homophobia, greed, war, and poverty and gives a strong reminder of ways to overcome adversity." -Feathered Quill
"Libraries seeking contemporary social issues works that not just protest, but roar, will find Exposed a powerful example of personal and political examination." -Midwest Book Review
"Burris-Kitchen’s passionate collection of poetry and short stories examines love, loss, misogyny, and racism... heartfelt" -Kirkus
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Exposed is an uncensored selection of essays, poems, letters, and photographs by Deborah Jean Burris-Kitchen. In this collection we learn the author’s story.
The implications of Exposed are being who you are, who you’re meant to be, and not what society expects you to be.
Through these poems we share in the experiences of everything pervasive in our society- school bullying, comparing yourself to others, victimization, power, violence, the misogynistic culture in which we live, human rights, poverty, racism, sexism, and greed.
This is heavy stuff. And it’s happening. Reading this, I was floored. Anger built up with each page. This stuff is happening every day. It should matter. Let’s make it matter.
Thanks to NetGalley and Atmosphere Press for this ARC.
"Exposed" by Deborah Jean Burris-Kitchen, Ph.D., is a compelling and thought-provoking book that explores the nature of trauma, its effects on individuals, and the importance of healing. Drawing on her own experiences as a survivor of abuse, Burris-Kitchen weaves a powerful narrative that is both personal and universal. She skillfully explores the various ways in which trauma can impact our lives and the challenges we face in trying to overcome it. With honesty and compassion, she shares the tools and strategies that have helped her on her journey towards healing and recovery. This book is a must-read for anyone who has experienced trauma or knows someone who has. It is a powerful reminder that healing is possible, and that we are all capable of reclaiming our lives and our sense of self-worth. "Exposed" is an inspiring and empowering book that will leave readers feeling hopeful and inspired.