• 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 (413 ratings)

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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)

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A beautiful memoir and powerful compass

It is a beautiful memoir and a powerful testimony for love as a force that encompasses rage, grief, wonder, tenderness, and ACTION. I love it because it feels so built for this moment and made to sustain the thinking, feeling, and fighting that lie ahead (like years and decades ahead). It speaks with urgency and wisdom in the same breath. I need that right now. Maybe you do too.

To men in particular: this introduced me in a new and deeper way to what it can be like to live in the world in a woman’s body. That’s an experience I don’t have but can always be learning about and learning from. It is rare to get the chance to learn from such a candid and eloquent and courageous teacher.

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Fantastic!

This book should be required reading for every American. It’s challenging, thought provoking, and beautiful.

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A critical mindmap and heartmap for our times

Valarie Kaur has laid bare her soul and her divine calling to transform this world with a collective labor of love. She gives a map on how we make good on American ideals. Having her voice read, sing, tremble and shake along the audiobook journey is a precious gift. This is the best book I've read in years, and a primer for American civic engagement. I am profoundly grateful for it.

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Inspiring

A great book for today's difficult times. Gives hope at the end of the tunnel and teaches you how to be compassionate even with Trump's supporters/white nationalists.

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The World Needs This Medicine

Valarie hands us all a roadmap and compass, literally, for how to heal the pain of the world, which starts with healing the wounds within ourselves. She is brave and unfiltered, her voice carries us through her story with grace and ease. Her singing of the Sikh shabads speckled throughout the book are sweet treats that fed my soul and gave my body chills. Vismaad.

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A world without doubt

Valerie seems to believe that she has full insight into truth. Who is the oppressed and who is the oppressor is absolute and without shades of gray. There are no conflicts where there are equal claims.
All the villains can be won over with love. Systems are at fault and changing systems only hurts the evil. Valerie gets to decide.
She takes no personal responsibility. 4 years she suffers with endometriosis without seeking help and she blames those who caused her to be ashamed of her body and the health care system which was not consulted.
This woman buys every myth of the extreme progressive view of the world without question.
So self absorbed, she prescribes but I don’t see any examples that show she listens.
Sorry I wasted my time.

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Good. Bit self indulgent. But good

Interesting memoir. Leans heavily on her role as a victim which at times adds to the story and other times detracts from it.

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Inspiring

This book is so inspiring, timely, and courageous. It is especially powerful read by the author.

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Open your heart. Grab a tissue.

Hold on for a glorious ride through Valarie Kaur’s voice and vision. Taken to heart, this book could truly change the world as we know it — in the best possible way. Listen now and often.

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ispirational

THIS BOOK WAS THOUGHT PROVOKING, HOPEFUL AND INSPIRING
NARRATION WAS PERFECTION
I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK

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