Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Hardcover)

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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 (“10 Books to be Thankful for This November”)

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.

Advance praise for Well-Read Black Girl


“A brilliant collection of essential American reading . . . smart, powerful, and complete.”—Min Jin Lee, author of the National Book Award finalist Pachinko

“Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl online community is one of the best arguments for social media that exists. In this essay collection she has edited, we can see that it’s also necessary, with some of today’s finest writers . . . making the case for why representation in literature changes lives.”The Washington Post (“The 10 books to read in October”)

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.

Praise For…


“Yes, Well-Read Black Girl is as good as it sounds. . . . The recipient of the 2017 L.A. Times Innovator’s Award for her book club turned festival gathers an all-star cast of contributors—among them Lynn Nottage, Jesmyn Ward, and Gabourey Sidibe—to pay tribute to literature by, for, and about Black women.”—O: The Oprah Magazine (“10 Books to be Thankful for This November”)
 
“Glory Edim has curated a brilliant collection of essential American reading for the twenty-first-century reader. This book is smart, powerful, and complete.”—Min Jin Lee, author of the National Book Award finalist Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires

“Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl online community is one of the best arguments for social media that exists. In this essay collection she has edited, we can see that it’s also necessary, with some of today’s finest writers . . . making the case for why representation in literature changes lives.”The Washington Post (“The 10 books to read in October”)

“Edim, creator of the Brooklyn-based Well-Read Black Girl book club, invites readers to discover uplifting stories by black women writers in this thoughtfully edited anthology. . . . This work affirms the transformative power of reading. Bibliophiles will find it hard to put down, and their reading lists expanding. All English teachers should take note.”Library Journal (starred review)

“[A] vital anthology . . . ‘Well-Read Black Girl Recommends’ reading lists covering various themes and genres add to the reach and radiance of this empowering literary resource.”Booklist
 
“Consider this anthology about representation in literature—featuring essays from major names like Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Tayari Jones—required reading.”Cosmopolitan
 
“Edim expands her breakout Brooklyn book club with this vibrant anthology celebrating black women in literature. The beyond impressive list of contributors includes Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones, and Gabourey Sidibe.”Entertainment Weekly

“As the founder of the Well-Read Black Girl book club, online platform, and festival, Glory Edim has long occupied herself with amplifying the voices of other black women. With this new book, an essay collection about the power of literature, Edim brings together thoughts from writers as essential, and wonderful, as Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Tayari Jones.”—R. O. Kwan, Vulture (“10 Fall Novelists Share Their Most Anticipated Fall Books”)

“A book uniting the perspectives of luminaries including Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Gabourey Sidibe.”Elle (“The 28 Best Books to Read in Fall 2018”)

“This book is a star chart, a map readers can use to navigate the world via the minds of brilliant black women writers. The essays extol us all to regard—and to celebrate—the written word anew.”—Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House

“An eloquently provocative anthology . . . Candid and thoughtful from start to finish, [Glory] Edim’s collection amply celebrates the many paths black women have traveled on the road to self-definition.”Kirkus Reviews

“This collection serves as a summoning of the past and a foreshadowing of the future—a continuum of Black girls and their stories, untattered, untorn, and, with the help of Glory Edim, no longer unheard. As far as I’m concerned, this should be read as a sacred text. It should be meditated on and transmuted into a sermon, because what you will find here is nothing less than a series of boisterous hallelujahs. Here, you will bear witness to a perpetual salvation song. And for that, we should all rejoice!”—Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down and All American Boys
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525619772
ISBN-10: 0525619771
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 30th, 2018
Pages: 272
Language: English