Just For Us, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

PhenomenalMAG Staff  |  Entertainment

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.


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 where black women’s writing, knowledge and life experiences are lifted up and shared with readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.

 


REVIEW:



“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


“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

 

Purchase Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves here.


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