This month, we're delighted to share that Glory Edim's Well-Read Black Girl is our June BYP Book of the Month.
Featuring a host of black female voices from actress, Gabourey Sidibe to novelist, Jesmyn Ward, this book includes essays on everything from representation and identity, to solidarity and sisterhood.
We recommend reading, not only for these beautifully written pieces, including one by Lemara Lindsay-Prince, the up-and-coming writer who won the publisher's competition to write an essay in this book, and whose voice stands out as what it means to be a black British female, and finding herself, but also for the great book suggestions.
We think it's brilliant summer reading for our network + we hope you discover yourself and find your stories in this.
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 reflected on the pages of a book.
In this timely anthology, Glory Edim, founder of the online community, Well-Read Black Girl, brings together original essays by some of America's 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.
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, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book club-turned-online community, Edim has created a space where black women's writing, 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.
Contributors include: Jesmyn Ward, Lynn Nottage, Jacqueline Woodson, Gabourey Sidibe, Morgan Jerkins, Tayari Jones, Rebecca Walker, and Barbara Smith.
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