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.Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their lives--but it doesn't come...
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Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Reviews
Disclaimer: An E-ARC of this book has been given to me by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my criticism of the book in any way. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
What a good start for my November 2018 reading life!
This book is an amazing compilation of essays by black women who seek to find themselves in stories. Although the book is something that is directed toward women of color and younger women, this is also a book that is perfect for men. Why? ...more
Initially, when I learned of this book I thought it was a gathering of fiction by some of today's most prolific African-American women writers. To my surprise, the book instead consisted of prolific women writers of color writing about the books that influenced them early in their careers and beyond. Although all of the essays were wonderful and include some of today's most touted writers including Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Jaqueline Woodson, a few stood out to me. Veronica Chambers story o ...more
Title: Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Series, Discovering Ourselves
Author: Glory Edim
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Well Read Black Girl Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves" by Glory Edim
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 fo ...more
Editor Glory Edim shares authors' brief reflections on their literary influences, primarily in terms of books or their authors. These stories are broken up by short bibliographies of black-women-authored books fitting specific categories. The author's essays include white and black authors, both male and female. I wish Edim's lists included mysteries written by black authors, but it did not. A closing bibliography includes the titles mentioned throughout the book. Since the book is written prima ...more
I received a copy of Well-Read Black Girl through a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered this giveaway because I have a daughter who teaches and coaches teachers on the west side of Chicago. I will be giving this copy to her, and I’m sure she will find it useful. I did read the essays in this book and they were interesting, informative and inspiring.
A common thread in the essays is the importance of reading and being read to as a child. As an avid reader and a librarian, I agree On this importance. I ...more
This book perfectly captures what it feels like to be a black girl that loves books and the difference they can make in your life...I can’t wait for everyone to experience this one!!!
I'm Asian-American and I appreciate this anthology for its wealth of recommendations, its A-list roster of essay submitters, and the recognition of the awesome strength and power of global sisterhood. I loved reading about how Marita Golden's audience in Turkey so related to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God. Great book lists for readers of all ages, creatively crafted and excellently edited.
This book is a much needed anthology of stories from prominent black women writers. Never before have I thought to ask myself when, how or why I fell in love with books, or when I first saw myself within the pages of a story or novel. This collection dives head first into these questions, with each essayist writing about the works and people that have influenced them the most in both their lives and their careers. I guarantee you will walk away from this book with an intimidating (in a good way) ...more