Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography

by Audre Lorde


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“ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.”—Off Our Backs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895941220
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/28/1982
Series: Feminist Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 105,737
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Madid12 More than 1 year ago
This semester I was assigned to read this novel. Before this class I had never heard of Audre Lorde nor had I ever seen any reviews or any information on this book. I went into the book skeptical as I already felt confused and a little out of place in my English class. Trust me this is not a book to go into being confused. All the self pity that I had been harboring for myself due to my complete lack of understanding in my English class melted away. Zami is a truly heart wrenching story. Yet as soon as you read the first chapter you are completely sucked in and mesmerized. It is the autobiography of the author Audre Lorde. The story follows Audre Lorde from her childhood, in Harlem, all the way through to adulthood. It tells of her battles of racism, sexuality, pregnancy and many other issues being faced by immigrants growing up in the 1930's and 1940's. This history is much different than that of a normal story. The book reads like a journal of her life. Lorde writes in such a way that you become completely seduced by her and want to know every aspect of her life. In her novel Lorde is dynamic and round offering no apologies for who she is or what she believes. Throughout the entire story I found myself wanting to jump into the pages of the book and save her. I wanted to warn her of the evils in America and protect her from her hardships. One of the reasons I believe the book is so engulfing is caused by the completely vulnerability Lorde provides as she tells her story. Her humble attitude and realistic telling allows the reader to connect with Lorde though they may be exact opposite in heritage, sexuality and character. This being said this is not a book for a young reader. The topics at hand are for mature audiences and would leave a young reader totally behind and confused. And parents it may leave them with many interesting and embarrassing questions that you do not want to answer.
sumariotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of those life-changing beautiful powerful books for me that made me realize that being a lesbian is a good thing, and being a powerful woman is a good thing. She sensitized me to issues of race and gender that were only academic for me before this novel. It's been years since I read it but I still remember parts of her story so vividly.
litalex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
read it for class (sexuality in literature or something similar), but am very glad that I did. excellent book, with a detailed look at what it means to grow up both black and lesbian in the 1950s.
RachelWeaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a hallmark of what it means when people say, "the personal is political." I've read Zami several times and each time it has struck me as the purest artifact of a woman's life. It resonates with me in a very personal way, but the political implications are teeming through this book. Politics are constantly butting into Audre Lorde's life and memories, making it obvious how it is knitted into her life, as a woman, as an African-American, as a lesbian--you cannot extricate the political from her life without unraveling the very fabric of her existence.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing memoir -- gorgeously written and absolutely enthralling.
bfertig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a poetic, strong, and darkly innocent look at growing up black and lesbian in new york city in the 40s 50s and fighting the fight before it was sexy and about the loves and lives that made audrey lorde. I'm not sure exactly what a biomythography is, but it reads well enough as a memoir of a tough awakening and provides an interesting perspective on historical and political events I thought I knew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent telling her early life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It can be hard to find great lesbian literature. Thank goodness for Audre Lourd!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
_Zami_, by Audre Lorde, is a powerful book about a young woman, her struggle with her racial and sexual identity, and the powerful influences of her mother which haunt her throughout her life. Although Lorde deems the book a 'biomythography' there is a strong sense of family and connection running through the entire piece. As Lorde grows and shows us her life growing up in Harlem, how she was ostrasized from her Black brothers and sisters, as well as being an outsider in school and even in her own family. The pain of being alone rushes through the novel and allows the reader to get a glimpse of what a strong person Lorde really was. She allows us to view her journey from a lonely little girl, to a trouble adolescant, to a mature and intelligent independant young woman working to overthrow the patriarchal and sexual oppression she finds in everyday life. A must read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book I read it when I was 18. It awakened things in me that I knew where there but failed to bring forth.