Well-read black girl : finding our stories, discovering ourselves : an anthology
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"Yes, Well-Read Black Girl is as good as it sounds. . . . [Glory Edim] gathers an all-star cast of contributors--among them Lynn Nottage, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe." --O: The Oprah Magazine
Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives--but not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all--regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability--have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.
Contributors include Jesmyn Ward ( Sing, Unburied, Sing ), Lynn Nottage ( Sweat ), Jacqueline Woodson ( Another Brooklyn ), Gabourey Sidibe ( This Is Just My Face ), Morgan Jerkins ( This Will Be My Undoing ), Tayari Jones ( An American Marriage ), Rebecca Walker ( Black, White and Jewish ), and Barbara Smith ( Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology )
Whether it's learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book club-turned-online community Well-Read Black Girl, in this anthology Glory Edim has created a space in which black women's writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.
Praise for Well-Read Black Girl
"Each essay can be read as a dispatch from the vast and wonderfully complex location that is black girlhood and womanhood. . . . They present literary encounters that may at times seem private and ordinary--hours spent in the children's section of a public library or in a college classroom--but are no less monumental in their impact." -- The Washington Post
"A wonderful collection of essays." -- Essence
ContentsMagic mirrors / Jesmyn Ward
Why I keep coming back to Jamaica / Veronica Chambers
Her own best thing / Tayari Jones
Go tell it / Barbara Smith
Legacy : a conversation with Rebecca Walker
Zora and me / Marita Golden
Space to move around in / Renée Watson
Gal : a hard row to hoe / Gabourey Sidibe
The need for kisses / Dhonielle Clayton
Witnessing hope / Stephanie Powell Watts
Dear beloved / Nicole Dennis-Benn
Dreaming awake / N.K. Jemisin
To be a citizen / Morgan Jerkins
Two New Yorks / Zinzi Clemmons
Putting women center stage : a conversation with Lynn Nottage
Finding my family / Bsrat Mezghebe
Complex citizen / Mahogany L. Browne
Living a "soft black song" / Jamia Wilson
Amazing grace / Carla Bruce-Eddings
Continue to rise : a conversation with Jacqueline Woodson
Books for a black girl's soul / Kaitlyn Greenidge.
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-- Women authors
-- History and criticism.
American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Race identity.
African American women in literature.
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xxv, 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Includes bibliographical references.