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

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

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 co An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read B...

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Title:Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Author:Glory Edim
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves Reviews

  • Emi Bevacqua
    Sep 06, 2018
    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...
  • Misha
    Nov 04, 2018
    Barbara Smith: "James Baldwin is a classic writer. When I saw I Am Not Your Negro, I was struck by the fact that Baldwin's ideas are as relevant and insightful today as the day he originally expressed them. Timelessness is a major characteristic of classic creations. Baldwin is a moral...
  • Paula
    Nov 10, 2018
    First off, I appreciate Glory Edim for introducing/compiling this book. I have always been interested in how others think, feel, understand the world that I live in...that we live in. I think it is important as a human to get a grasp that not everyone sees the world as I do. Not everyo...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    Sep 06, 2018
    I wanted to re-read my galley again, which I took some time to do this weekend, before I wrote a review because I wanted to remember and savor all of the goodness of this anthology, which for Black women & girl readers is replete with testimony and witness, healing and recognition,...
  • Stephanie
    Nov 24, 2018
    Well Read Black Girl is a collection of essays from various Black women in the arts who describe what representation in literature did for them. After every essay is a list of recommendations from Black women authors clustered around the genre of the essayist or the genre they spoke ab...
  • Lori
    Oct 25, 2018
    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 aut...
  • Jade
    Oct 17, 2018
    If you are anything like me you understand the crazy love one can have for reading. I have read, devoured, books for as long as I can remember (literally as my mum taught me to read when I was only a few years old). I spent my elementary school years pretending I was George in The Famo...
  • R
    Nov 23, 2018
    When asked the question "Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you?" Black women writers answer that and so much more. Many of the books identified, I have read and agree that they were similarly life changing and affirming at a t...
  • Erica
    Aug 25, 2018
    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 care...
  • Donna Bijas
    Nov 24, 2018
    4.5 stars for some great essays, honest and forthright in their words, of some really great writers and the writers that inspire and inspired them. Categorized by type of book, novels, poetry, plays, etc., these essays speak directly to the reader as if sitting and just discussing book...
  • Reading in Black & White
    Sep 02, 2018
    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!!! ...
  • Lucie
    Nov 30, 2018
    Why I keep coming back to Jamaica by Veronica Chambers - 3 stars Her own best thing by Tayari Smith - 3.5 stars Go tell it by Barbara Smith - 4 stars ...
  • Melissa DeLong
    Oct 01, 2018
    So often as white people, representation doesn't even cross our minds - we're represented everywhere, what we look like is the popular look to have, we never have to wonder if we're going to be featured in something. This is especially true in books. When I was younger, I identified wi...
  • Andre
    Sep 08, 2018
    I love reading books about reading. It?s always inspiring to hear about what books loomed large in a person?s life. And it?s doubly exciting when those looking back are authors giving insight to the texts that spurred them to write their own stories. I also genuinely respect the ...
  • Arlena
    Oct 30, 2018
    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 re...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Nov 21, 2018
    This was a phenomenal essay collection - the range of voices included a complex discussion about the importance of representation in literature. The collection was also as a celebration of the talent and legacy of black women writers, and the passion within each essay really brought th...
  • Judi
    Sep 07, 2018
    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 th...
  • Dawn Wells
    Sep 16, 2018
    What a great book about reading. This is different stories written by female black authors and being represented in literature. ...
  • Audra
    Nov 06, 2018
    A great anthology of essays by Black women writers who share their experiences of the books that that left deep impressions on them. Some of the books they saw themselves in, a lot they didn't...and that is why many of them became writers: to share our stories so that young Black women...
  • Kaytee Cobb
    Oct 14, 2018
    Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl curates this collection of essays from Black writers, poets, and playwrights. They are mostly centered on the first and formative books for each of these women, the ones that first depicted relatable characters for her to look up to. The Black authors...
  • Brittney
    Oct 18, 2018
    Thanks to Netgalley for this wonderful arc. A beautiful homage to beautiful black female authors from beautiful readers. A true love letters of what it means to look into the mirror of the written words and see yourself reflected between the pages. I enjoyed so much how each reader t...
  • Stacie C
    Sep 07, 2018
    I?ve always been a voracious reader. My mother used to read me bedtime stories at night and as soon as I learned how to read, more often than not you would find me with a book in my hands. There are two books that stand out that were an obvious reflection of me and my family: The Peo...
  • Twheat
    Nov 05, 2018
    I love reading books about reading. I especially enjoyed this one as it brought together stories from Some of our best black authors. It shines a light on the importance of hearing these voices regardeless of race, age or gender. The essays were creative and original. It was a treat to...
  • Michelle
    Nov 01, 2018
    I remember the time my teacher placed a copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in my hands. I identified strongly with young Maya. Through her walk a sense of power was infused in me. I felt that I could endure. Just the idea that a little brown girl's voice held that much power. I re...
  • Trina
    Sep 28, 2018
    Spectacular collection of well-written works by brilliant african-american female authors that has something for everyone no matter the race, religion, or gender. Glory Edim brilliantly brings together essays from writers: Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing); Tayari Jones (An American M...
  • Nicole O
    Sep 02, 2018
    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 questio...
  • Noelle
    Aug 21, 2018
    Thanks to #netgalley and #randomhousepublishing for giving me my first ARC, Well-Read Black Girl! This book is the epitome of why representation matters. Well-Read Black Girl is an anthology of essays by black women writers. All of the women represented in the book share a common love ...
  • G
    Nov 24, 2018
    A good way to find a great new book This book is at its best when the contributors focus on discussing the books that resonated with them, rather than just their own writing. I was inspired by the experiences of finding themselves on the page and wish I had a similar experience. The...
  • Katherine D. Morgan
    Dec 02, 2018
    I read this and I cried. Growing up as a black woman in America, I haven?t always felt seen, especially in the white world of literature. I devoured these essays. Even if I didn?t fully bond with one, the message was clear and I discovered new books to read, some not even in my pre...
  • Imani406
    Nov 08, 2018
    Definitely one of the best books I?ve read this year. When anyone asks for book recommendations, this will now be my go to b/c it proves a plethora of book recommendations. Don?t get me wrong, I still have my top 10 list of favorite books (some which are noted in this anthology) bu...