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Hush Money

By: Deborah Harris,Jacquie Abram,Delilah Harris
Narrated by: Peg Barcelo
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Publisher's Summary

Hush Money tells a story that is all too familiar to Black people across the globe with the case study of Ebony, a young Black woman who was living in poverty, struggling financially, and finding it hard to make ends meet. It describes how she obtained a job with an organization, after years of working dead end jobs, that put her one step closer to living the American dream. But it also describes how that dream turned into a nightmare when she became a victim of systemic racism in her workplace, was stripped of all dignity, confidence and strength, and was left with three choices: suffering in silence to keep her job, resigning to keep her sanity, or waiting to be unjustly fired.

Hush Money also tells a story of triumph that breaks down the strategy Ebony used after years of suffering that not only proved systemic racism in her workplace, but also allowed her to keep her job and receive a six-figure settlement from her employer, among other things, to buy her silence.

©2020 Jacqueline Harris (P)2021 Jacqueline Harris

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Could not stop listening!! All in one sitting.

That this book is based on true, actual events is terribly sad, but not surprising. Kudos to Ebony's strength. Not sure if I or many could have endured as long. And by the way, a lesson in documenting everything. Believing in a system of justice and fairness where the evidence will speak for itself - "or so we think"

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Emotional Read

This is one of the realist books I have ever read. The writing is vivid and emotional. This book brought back some of the workplace trauma I have experienced. It is very hard to get a conniving worker fired from the workplace, especially when they hold a certain job title, and keep your job.

It also explains a lot of the prejudice/racism, immaturity, selfishness, backstabbing, and incompetence that occurs in the workplace with grown adults. The author is doing black people, especially black women, justice by providing a book that relates to their daily lives. Any human can appreciate this book too.

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World changing story.

Growing up I did not have access to the truths portrayed in this story.

This story speaks for untold millions who have experienced the same or worse from alleged civilized people.

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Fantastic read

As a white person this was incredibly illuminating! Seeing how one black woman had all the receipts to prove that she did excellent work, and she was constantly foiled in just trying to live her own best life by manipulative racists, gave me a deep feeling of senseless injustice. The story was so well told that I was on the edge of my seat, and I'm anticipating getting to read the next book with great impatience.

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Document, document, document!

Words cannot express how much I identified with Ebony. I’m a little triggered but validated. No one should go through this, yet we still are… I’ve learned so much and so much about me from this book. Obviously, we cannot change hearts but maybe more lawsuits is what we need, and zero tolerance policies of any and discriminatory practices. Reminder: DOCUMENT!

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A must read, for anyone experiencing bullying or discrimination on the job.

This book was very informative! And a very good read. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I felt sorry for the author, but I’m glad she put her experience in writing. The most important lesson I learned from this book is, IS DOCUMENT EVERYTHING. Stand up for yourself through professional emails and keep copy of those emails in a personal file. You never know if you’ll need it

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I could not put this book down!

The story has me on pins and needles as I empathized with the protagonist and her growing conflict. I felt her emotions and felt charged to DO SOMETHING for her! So I kept listening. In some ways, if not the most important way, I identify with Ebony and her need and dedication to collect evidence and protect herself and her career. What a story of an every-day American hero making the world better for those to come.

It's also a reminder that we don't always know the adversity a person is facing and being an advocate and ally means listening and believing then doing.

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Best Book of it’s kind!

This book captures the essence of what it’s like to be under the control of the corporation. Very insightful. A must read got all those that have been discriminated against in the workplace!

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Exactly What I Needed

As a Black woman, I always thought me speaking up and defending myself was wrong. When I did the retaliation was fierce. So I stopped, but that only hurt me worse. This book not only gave me back that confidence it showed me how to do it effectively. I would absolutely recommend this.

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I wanted to try to finish the book but the reader was so not good that I couldn’t get over the awful accents. I think the book is about a black woman’s story but it sounds like a nonblack trying to make things seem home girlish.

The story probably was good but painful to hear the reader.

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  • 07-14-22

Powerful, Emotional and Enthralling

This book was one of the best books I have listened to in the last 2 years. I could identify with all the emotions and experiences.
I felt empathy with the main character in a way that was disturbingly real.
There was a lot of food for thought.

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  • 06-12-22

Captivating from start to finish

This was an amazing listen and had me hooked from the first few minutes. It is an emotionally difficult listen due to the distress experienced by the protagonist who shows what it means to “take the higher ground” and face workplace racist bullying, harassment and discrimination with dignity, integrity and intelligence. The book is more than a novel, it is a roadmap for all minority groups in how to navigate and survive in the workplace. The narration is excellent throughout and is engaging from start to finish!