A renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer asks: How do we love in a time of rage? How do we fix a broken world while not breaking ourselves?
“Valarie Kaur’s powerful memoir offers a reliable moral compass guided by revolutionary love.”—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

Valarie Kaur 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 country.
Kaur takes readers 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, and as a woman trying to heal from her own experiences with sexual assault and police violence. 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.
“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

“Valarie Kaur has written a book of remarkable courage and deep insight. Kaur maps singularly personal experiences of suffering and shared collective agonies of inequality as she seeks to understand the terrain of our humanity. She guides readers through painful journeys of violence while insisting healing is necessary and possible for ourselves and for our nation. This is a book for our shattered souls and our battered world. This is a book that takes seriously the power of both hate and love, while leading us insistently toward love.”—Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University 

“Valarie Kaur, with brilliance and passion, offers us the most needed and pure medicine for our times: a call to awaken from ‘us’ and ‘them,’ and dedicate ourselves to all inclusive, wise loving. The intimate, raw stories in See No Stranger will break and awaken your heart; the profound teachings and compelling vision will inspire you to serve and savor our precious world.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

“Tested and tempered by suffering, transcending with hope and joy, Kaur shows us how to love others, opponents, and ourselves in ways that will move us closer to the Beloved Community. This is a book that will change your life.”—Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and On the Brink of Everything

“Valarie Kaur’s inspirational book, See No Stranger, is rooted in radical honesty, vulnerability, and fierce commitment to building a world in which we all belong.”—Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow