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
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming of age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Ga
The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision Set in the author s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven year old Pecola Breedlove Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beau
In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak inner city sanctuary, creating a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and open hearted,
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beauti
A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare s The Tempest On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island s darker forces.
In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known In Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African Amer
A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression Ain t I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women s move
In Black Sexual Politics, one of America s most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.
ZAMI is a fast moving chronicle From the author s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde s work is cyclical It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and ch
Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open hearted and welcoming vision of gender, sexuality, and society in this inspiring and accessible volume In engaging and provocative style, bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience Hers
A collection of fifteen essays written between 1976 and 1984 gives clear voice to Audre Lorde s literary and philosophical personae These essays explore and illuminate the roots of Lorde s intellectual development and her deep seated and longstanding concerns about ways of increasing empowerment am
A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it Conducting hundreds of interviews
A stirring collection of poems and spirituals, accompanied by stunning collage illustrations, recollects the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights I am sick and tired of being sick and tired Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life