An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.
“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
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
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About the Author
Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017 she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival. She has worked as a creative strategist for over ten years at startups and cultural institutions. Most recently, she was the Publishing Outreach Specialist at Kickstarter. She serves on the board of New York City's Housing Works Bookstore.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book reminds of "On Writing" by Stephen King. We get a look into what inspired and motivated these black female writers to become writers, and to write the topics and the subjects in which they choose to write. And, it's important and interesting to realize that race is the second reason in which, these writers became writers. Authors such as Ward, Sidibe, Walker, Jemisin, Woodson, Greenidge, Mezghebe, etc., became writers because they love to write. This anthology includes writers of fiction (i.e.plays, novels, poetry) and nonfiction (i.e. journalism). At first, you might not recognize their names, but you know their works! And, that's what makes this book so unique. As both a reader and a writer, I recall my reasons for wanting and continuing to do both, as well as knowing which books/stories and what reasons inspired me the most to becoming a writer. The concept is the same for all of the authors in this anthology. All writers tell stories, but which stories does each one tell, and why are mentioned in each chapter. Stories by non-Black authors are mentioned as favorites by the writers in this book, and I find that to be essential as well because one can enjoy a story, no matter who the author is, as long as the reader found the story to be enjoyable and relatable. "Well-Read Black Girl" is a book for all inspiring, struggling, and working writers. The inspiration, the struggle, and the success of each writer in this book allows for a sense of realism into the motivation as to why each writer became a writer. The suggested reading lists throughout and at the end of the anthology is worth looking into as well. Even if you have read some or most of the books on the lists, you should go through what inspired the writers in this book because you never know where you'll find your next inspiration! “I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
Title: Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Series, Discovering Ourselves Author: Glory Edim Publisher: Ballantine Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves" by Glory Edim My Thoughts... If you love reading as I do you will find this read a very interesting one and if you are black it will even mean so much more. I loved all that this author brought out in this 'inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well Read Black Girl.' These are anthologies of essays by some black amazing women writers featuring: "Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing); Tayari Jones (An American Marriage); Lynn Nottage (Sweat); Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn); Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face); Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing); Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish); and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology)." These stories were right there where it will capture your heart being such touching inspirational reads that really made me feel like I was coming home. I wasn't able to pick out my favorite because I seemed to enjoy them all. With books being so important we also can see why the storytelling and representation are so very important too in its delivery where we are given the 'diversity of voices its organization of essays along with its strong message making it all so very memorable and powerful. This is definitely one read that I would recommend to all girls and women alike [especially of color] where one can possible find a little bit of themselves in these stories.