• See No Stranger

  • A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love
  • By: Valarie Kaur
  • Narrated by: Valarie Kaur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (487 ratings)

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See No Stranger

By: Valarie Kaur
Narrated by: Valarie Kaur
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Publisher's summary

An urgent manifesto and a dramatic memoir of awakening, this is the story of revolutionary love.

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

"In a world stricken with fear and turmoil, Valarie Kaur shows us how to summon our deepest wisdom." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love)

How do we love in a time of rage? How do we fix a broken world while not breaking ourselves? Valarie Kaur - renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer - describes revolutionary love as the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves. It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.

Kaur takes listeners through her own riveting journey - as a brown girl growing up in California farmland finding her place in the world; as a young adult galvanized by the murders of Sikhs after 9/11; as a law student fighting injustices in American prisons and on Guantánamo Bay; as an activist working with communities recovering from xenophobic attacks; and as a woman trying to heal from her own experiences with police violence and sexual assault. Drawing from the wisdom of sages, scientists, and activists, Kaur reclaims love as an active, public, and revolutionary force that creates new possibilities for ourselves, our communities, and our world.

See No Stranger helps us imagine new ways of being with each other - and with ourselves - so that together we can begin to build the world we want to see.

©2020 Valarie Kaur (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“This is the book we have been waiting for. It is a guide for anyone who believes that politics alone will not solve our current cultural and spiritual crisis. This book calls us up and calls us into the hard and necessary work to heal our wounds and reimagine the world. Providing a real framework for understanding and practicing revolutionary love, this book points the way through division and despair to a future where all people can have a place of dignity.” (Van Jones, CEO of REFORM Alliance and CNN host)

“This book and the woman who gave birth to it have so much to offer the struggle for peace and justice as we move into a most complex and crucial century. Open up your heart as you open these pages and let yourself be inspired and invigorated by the way Ms. Kaur breaks it down.” (Ani DiFranco)

“A soulful memoir mined in the stories of race, gender, Sikh wisdom, and love - where the personal and political merge and spirit and action emerge.... Valarie Kaur is a visionary worker for justice and this book is her radiant offering.” (Eve Ensler)