Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage

7 Hours and 5 Minutes A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gende...

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Title:Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage
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Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Reviews

  • Liza Wiemer

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and found the stories to be inspiring. Not only that, but after some reflection what impressed me was the attitude of almost every one of the authors. They faced difficult challenges, but the lack of bitterness was impressive, especially since they could easily have fallen into that and allowed their anger, frustration, hurt, and pain to be their message. Instead, almost every one utilized their adversity—whether it was racism, anti-Semitism, a disa

    I read this book cover to cover in one sitting and found the stories to be inspiring. Not only that, but after some reflection what impressed me was the attitude of almost every one of the authors. They faced difficult challenges, but the lack of bitterness was impressive, especially since they could easily have fallen into that and allowed their anger, frustration, hurt, and pain to be their message. Instead, almost every one utilized their adversity—whether it was racism, anti-Semitism, a disability, anti-gay actions and so much more—as fuel to persist. What a way to persevere and excel! Even in the face of failure and rejection, these individuals ended up achieving great things and making an important impact on this world.

    I hope this book inspires others and gives them the courage to take control over their personal narrative, allowing them to write their own stories instead of having someone else define them. This is a beautiful and important book filled with lots of hope!

  • Marcie

    Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

    From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.

    In this world where we are defined by our limitations and

    Nevertheless, We Persisted is a collection of powerful essays about overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of your dreams. The essays are written by athletes, actors, activists, politicians, writers, teenagers, musicians, and more. Even though this book is geared toward young adults, people of all ages will be inspired by these essays.

    From the foreword to the very last page, this book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration.

    In this world where we are defined by our limitations and our inability to break through stereotypes, it's a breath of fresh air to read something so motivating. Every single essay deals with a different obstacle that each author had to overcome: prejudice, handicaps, sexism, and so much more.

    There are many quotes that I've written down to look at when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but my favorite is "May you always remember that obstacles in the path are not obstacles, the are the path."

    Everybody struggles with something and the obstacles that we face not only challenge us, but make us stronger.

    I wish there were more inspiring stories like this out there, especially for younger kids, to see that it can get better. They can achieve their goals through persistence, and that others have come before them, already paving the way. It's not easy, but so worth it.

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  • Stephanie Ward

    'Nevertheless, We Persisted' is exactly what it's title says: stories about hate and prejudice and how these people overcame their obstacles with strength, courage, and defiance. I'm not normally a YA contemporary person - especially not nonfiction, but I'm glad I gave this book a shot because it really opened my heart and my eyes. We all go about our daily lives with problems that bother us - some small and others large - and we can decide to let them win or we can defeat them. I can personally

    'Nevertheless, We Persisted' is exactly what it's title says: stories about hate and prejudice and how these people overcame their obstacles with strength, courage, and defiance. I'm not normally a YA contemporary person - especially not nonfiction, but I'm glad I gave this book a shot because it really opened my heart and my eyes. We all go about our daily lives with problems that bother us - some small and others large - and we can decide to let them win or we can defeat them. I can personally relate to this as I suffer from mental illness, which feels like a never-ending battle every single day of my life. The stories I read about were from people of different ages, religions, nationalities, sexual preference, etc. but they all had the same thing in common - rising above the hate and prejudice. How they managed to stand up and stay strong during difficult times. I honestly can't imagine how I would react if I were put in most of these situations. It's hard to think about them really happening to people, and honestly, it makes most of my problems seem so small and insignificant in comparison. I'm not going to review each of the forty-eight stories, but everything I've said applies to each of them. It's a bittersweet combination of the horrible things these people went through and the fantastic ways they decided to overcome them. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages and all genres. It will resonate with everyone and I truly believe we need to open our eyes and hearts to these types of situations. I know it did that for me. Also, definitely recommended for readers looking for stories containing diverse characters.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ben Truong

    is an anthology of personal essays collected and edited by In This Together Media with a Forward by Amy Klobuchar. This anthology explores the disenfranchised and how they through defiance and courage persisted despite what is happening around them. It covers heavy topics of prejudice, racism, sexism, and targeted to children and middle graders.

    For the most part, I really like most of these entries – if not all of them. Eac

    is an anthology of personal essays collected and edited by In This Together Media with a Forward by Amy Klobuchar. This anthology explores the disenfranchised and how they through defiance and courage persisted despite what is happening around them. It covers heavy topics of prejudice, racism, sexism, and targeted to children and middle graders.

    For the most part, I really like most of these entries – if not all of them. Each entry has affected me on several of levels. This collection collects a varied of insight from forty-eight different contributors from different and diverse creators. Like most anthologies, there are weaker contributions, but I think this one might be an exception to the rule, because I generally liked this book.

    Diversity is the strength of this anthology, because there are many contributions for contributors that have faced racism, anti-Semitism, ableism, anti-gay action, and much, much, more with contributors who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, and religion.

    All in all,

    is a wonderful anthology targeted to the next generation to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

  • Erinn Batykefer

    Wow. This was great. I don't know what else to say about it other than I think this was a book I would have needed when I was younger. The breadth of voices that are pulled together here, and the fact that each of them struggled in a different way when they were teenagers (this is key!), is humbling to read, and a great empathy-builder. It's non-fiction with short narratives, there are recognizable figures in it from across a wide swath of profession and cultures, and I can see it being easy to

    Wow. This was great. I don't know what else to say about it other than I think this was a book I would have needed when I was younger. The breadth of voices that are pulled together here, and the fact that each of them struggled in a different way when they were teenagers (this is key!), is humbling to read, and a great empathy-builder. It's non-fiction with short narratives, there are recognizable figures in it from across a wide swath of profession and cultures, and I can see it being easy to incorporate into a lot of curricula in schools, with stories that respond to supreme court cases, the Holocaust, etc., with compelling stories for the broad range of ages and interest among teens. I would really love to see this on more shelves.

  • Carro Herdegen

    Language: R (12 swears, 4 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13

    The 48 contributors who have shared their stories have done so to help readers know that they are not alone, that they can overcome the obstacles in their paths, and that they can accomplish anything they want. These men and women have faced biases and bigotry, war and injury, divorce and disability, discouragement and more—and they have chosen to come out of all those hardships on top. They rally around their readers to help ea

    Language: R (12 swears, 4 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13

    The 48 contributors who have shared their stories have done so to help readers know that they are not alone, that they can overcome the obstacles in their paths, and that they can accomplish anything they want. These men and women have faced biases and bigotry, war and injury, divorce and disability, discouragement and more—and they have chosen to come out of all those hardships on top. They rally around their readers to help each of us know of our worth and fight to become the best we can be, in whatever form that looks like.

    In reading all the hardships that others have fought through and how a lot of these persisters have only arrived at where they are because of the hardships they faced, I feel like I can accomplish all of my dreams. I also found that my own fears and insecurities were articulated in a way that helped me understand myself better when I couldn’t put my feelings into words. While I may not know any of these inspiring people personally, I feel their support in my life.

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  • Heidi

    Books like this one that have multiple authors often carry the risk of being uneven in quality, depending on the authors included. I was impressed by the high quality of all the selections in this book. That's rare for a book like this. I found each account compelling and thought-provoking. I also appreciated the variety of experiences that were included. Obstacles of many kinds are shared by those telling their stories in this book. Physical disability, childhood trauma, bullying, racism, lack

    Books like this one that have multiple authors often carry the risk of being uneven in quality, depending on the authors included. I was impressed by the high quality of all the selections in this book. That's rare for a book like this. I found each account compelling and thought-provoking. I also appreciated the variety of experiences that were included. Obstacles of many kinds are shared by those telling their stories in this book. Physical disability, childhood trauma, bullying, racism, lack of diversity in various professions, and other challenges are described in various accounts. What I found especially inspiring is the way each of these people found ways past the obstacles in their lives to find success. Now it certainly wasn't easy for any of them, and many of them still face opposition in a variety of ways, but they persisted in the face of serious challenges. Whether one agrees with their actions or politics or activism or not, one can't help but admire the determination and courage they exhibited along the way. A truly inspiring collection of stories that reminds the reader that life is hard but it doesn't have to be impossible.

  • Brandi

    This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a variety of individuals from politicians to professional athletes to teen activists. These are real people telling real stories in their own words. As a result, these essays are often a little less polished than those in similar anthologies (recent release Hope Nation for instance). However, these stories are still powerful. Two standouts include a letter written from an older sister to her younger brother who was a victim of the Sandy Hoo

    This collection of essays highlights the experiences of a variety of individuals from politicians to professional athletes to teen activists. These are real people telling real stories in their own words. As a result, these essays are often a little less polished than those in similar anthologies (recent release Hope Nation for instance). However, these stories are still powerful. Two standouts include a letter written from an older sister to her younger brother who was a victim of the Sandy Hook massacre and an essay from a Holocaust survivor. The well-written discussion questions at the end are an added bonus, although they feel more suited to use as writing prompts. Hand this to teen activists who have already devoured similar titles like Hope Nation and How I Resist. Recommended for large high school library collections.

  • Cherie

    Inspirational middle grade/YA book on people who persisted despite all obstacles.

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