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

  • Tasha
    Jan 03, 2019
    A book about reading books with essays written by Black female authors and how they found representation in literature. This anthology had been thinking about my reading life when I was younger and I wish I was exposed to more authors who looked like me and shared similar experiences o...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Mark Robison
    May 16, 2019
    I?m not the intended audience for this book, but I think anybody who loves books will love this. It's a bunch of writers talking about books that inspired them, and through their telling, an amazing picture of America emerges. In between some of the essays are lists of recommende...
  • MissFabularian
    Dec 19, 2018
    I really loved this. I'm buying hardcopies for my daughter's. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!!! ...
  • Jenna
    Mar 04, 2019
    "Myths tell us what those like us have done, can do, should do. Without myths to lead the way, we hesitate to leap forward." ~N.K. Jemisen, Dreaming Awake We read for many reasons. We read to find adventure. We read to escape our problems. We read to learn about others. We read to l...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • BookOfCinz
    Jan 17, 2019
    Being a reader is an incredible gift, providing me with a lens to interpret the world. Most important, it has invigorated my imagination and allowed me to choose which narratives I want to center and hold close. What a brilliant collection of essays by black women. I love books ab...
  • Classy
    Dec 12, 2018
    Reading about what books sime of my favorite authors enjoyed or what books inspired them was fascinating. I felt like I was chatting with each author over a drink while they talked about their love of books and how the written word helped them deal with the obstacles they faced. ??...
  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
    Feb 14, 2019
    4 Stars / 0 Steam Fans This is a group of beautifully written odes to why these black female authors fell in love with writing and reading. With each story provided I had the opportunity to see through the eyes of women that are similar to me by being black women. This book was ...
  • Emily
    Jan 09, 2019
    "Reading for me was a vehicle for self-exploration when real life wasn't safe." -Dhonielle Clayton Well-Read Black Girl is a fascinating collection of essays edited by Glory Edim, who created the Well-Read Black Girl community. These essays are by women from different walks of life ...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Jan 19, 2019
    ? literary spark . This essay collection is pure gold, my reading friends. An anthology of works about books and reading by some of the most prominent Black female writers today, these essays divulge a vast array of texts that inspired and shaped each author. . As a school librar...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Feb 05, 2019
    Beautiful. There's magic in finding yourself. There's something powerful about seeing your face in the stories around you on television, in film, in the media, in books, etc. It's a privilege not generally afforded to people of colour but that we're snatching it left, right and cen...
  • Darkowaa
    May 15, 2019
    I?m so glad I finally picked this up from my bookshelf, because my reading slump was soooo deep! This collection has taken me out of my slump and imbibed me with new inspiration. This anthology is a wonderful ode to Black sisterhood and to reading. Each contributor?s take on re...
  • 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...
  • Bree Hill
    Jan 13, 2019
    One of those gems I?m grateful I picked up. This is a collection of black women sharing their stories of finding authors who inspired them to become writers and finding works where they finally saw characters who looked like them. I loved reading these ladies? stories. Highly re...
  • 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...
  • Bobbieshiann
    Dec 31, 2018
    Review to come. ...
  • 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...
  • Bookishfolk
    Dec 07, 2018
    I couldn?t love this book more if I tried. The stories were honest, real, inspiring and completely captivating. Reading about how books played a pertinent role in each writers life was everything to me and I connected with these writers possibly more than I?ve ever connected with a...
  • 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 ...
  • Alexis Sims
    Dec 15, 2018
    This book good gave me all the feels !???? This book good gave me all the feels !?????? ...more ...
  • Cortney (cortingbooks)
    Jan 01, 2019
    3.25 Stars Seems appropriate that my first read of the year is #diversespines book of the month Well Read Black Girl by Glory Edim. I enjoyed this collection of essays that mirrored some of my own experiences growing up as a lover of books. I must say the two essays that stood out t...
  • 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...