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.
These essays build the altars for black women to recognize and support each other's work, not as collectibles rendered visible or easily consumed by non-black audiences, but as an acknowledgment of black women as architects of their own futures and universes. . . . 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,
Edim's collection of brief, pithy, and original essays by twenty-one distinguished black women addresses the question, 'When did you first see yourself in literature?' . . . Speaking directly to black women readers, this book contains a journey from which anyone can derive enjoyment and benefit.
As far as I'm concerned, this should be read as a sacred text. Here, you will bear witness to a perpetual salvation song.
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.
Glory Edim has curated a brilliant collection of essential American reading for the twenty-first-century reader. This book is smart, powerful, and complete.
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.
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.