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 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.
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 in Vulture (“10 Fall Novelists Share Their Most Anticipated Fall Books”)
An eloquently provocative anthology… Candid and thoughtful from start to finish, Edim’s collection amply celebrates the many paths black women have traveled on the road to self-definition… In each essay, the contributor discusses her relationships to reading, books, and the world, yet each bears the unique experiential imprint of the woman who wrote it.
The creative and affirming synergy [Glory Edim’s] projects have generated is embodied in this vital anthology, zestfully introduced by Edim, of personal essays by 21 black women writers who share memories about their girlhoods and early reading experiences and reflect on why they write and which writer has influenced them most… ‘Well-Read Black Girl Recommends’ reading lists covering various themes and genres add to the reach and radiance of this empowering literary resource.
Consider this anthology about representation in literature—featuring essays from major names like Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Tayari Jones—required reading.
A book uniting the perspectives of luminaries including Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Gabourey Sidibe.
—Elle.com (“The 28 Best Books to Read in Fall 2018”)
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