Not my usual sort of book (cloying, freshman comp prose), but certainly a timely one. The memoir speaks to pressing concerns and issues about race, mixed race, racism, identity, gender, all from the lens of a fairly young professional (she was the former editor of Teen Vogue). I found the stories of her black mother and white father the most compelling.

As a culture, we love a celebration. We love a first. We hold them high. We all marvel at headlines and highlight reels. But we rarely discuss the marks and scars and bruises that come with breaking through glass ceilings.

The point was to become unbreakable. My mother’s words were the warning shot that fairness, justice, and security are not guaranteed to any of us. No matter how hard we work. Especially for women of color.