Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim

Well-Read Black Girl

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 come around as frequently for all of us. In this timely anthology, "well-read...

Details Well-Read Black Girl

TitleWell-Read Black Girl
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Short Stories, Books About Books

Reviews Well-Read Black Girl

  • Stacie C
    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 People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton and Pass It On: African American Poetry by Wade Hudson. Those two books had Black people on the covers, Black people on the pages...
  • Andre
    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 way women are able to connect with one another in a way men can’t, (won’t?). It’s really something to see. I’m envious.Glory Edim has created a phenomenon t...
  • Noelle
    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 for reading at an early age, and the lack of representation in books with girls who look like them. Well-Read Black girl is very timely and necessary. Thanks to the...
  • Trina
    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 Marriage); Lynn Nottage (Sweat); Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn); Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face); Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing); Rebecca Wal...
  • Reading in Black & White
    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!!!
  • Erica
    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 careers and beyond. Although all of the essays were wonderful and include some of today's most touted writers including Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Jaqueline Woodson...
  • Dawn Wells
    What a great book about reading. This is different stories written by female black authors and being represented in literature.
  • Judi
    I received a copy of Well-Read Black Girl through a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered this giveaway because I have a daughter who teaches and coaches teachers on the west side of Chicago. I will be giving this copy to her, and I’m sure she will find it useful. I did read the essays in this book and they were interesting, informative and inspiring. A common thread in the essays is the importance of reading and being read to as a child. As an avid re...
  • Emi Bevacqua
    I'm Asian-American and I appreciate this anthology for its wealth of recommendations, its A-list roster of essay submitters, and the recognition of the awesome strength and power of global sisterhood. I loved reading about how Marita Golden's audience in Turkey so related to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God. Great book lists for readers of all ages, creatively crafted and excellently edited.
  • Megan
    Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is an anthology of essays by black female creators, each one a glimpse into the first time they saw themselves represented in a book. It exposed me to new authors I’d never read before and the works that inspired them. The recommendations at the end of each chapter were also super helpful and thoughtful, and I’ll be on the lookout for the books ...
  • Mel
    Thank you #Netgalley for providing me with the opportunity to read easily one of the best books I've read in a long time. I'm fan girling over Well-Read Black Girl. As a Black girl (and now woman) who has been a reader all her life, I've obviously read a ton of books that I didn't recognize myself in the protagonist or, story line. That's OK. because different perspectives and pov's are always welcome. But reading Well-Read Black Girl was like co...
  • Olivia
    I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley and I am so glad I did. There is nothing more exciting than a book that ignites a passion for reading. The stories from black women writers finding themselves in literature are so captivating. I think most readers can remember the profound feeling of identifying so strongly with a character that it feels like seeing yourself on the page. Everyone deserves that feeling, and this book does a beautiful ...
  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    Absolutely stunning. What a joy it was to read essay from African American authors and their feelings on books they have read and how the writings impacted them. It was pleasing to read their thoughts on some of the books I too have read. I will be recommending this book to many. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it did not effect my opinion of this book nor my...
  • Mindy
    I really enjoyed this anthology. The diversity of voices, the organization of essays, and the strong messages were all powerful and memorable. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!
  • Sara
    I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Special thanks to Random House Publishing for letting me read it prior to publication.This is the kind of book you finish reading with a significantly longer TBR list than when you started! Great insight into the importance of feeling seen and heard by having representation in literature across all genres, and the impact that can have. This was a quick read that will inspire lovers of reading and writing al...
  • Caitlin
    I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.Review coming soon.