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Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

by Glory Edim Editor and Jesmyn Ward Contributor

A collection of essays by Black women writers about the first time they recognized themselves in the pages of a book. Glory Edim has curated a blockbuster collection, with entries by literary stars like Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, Renée Watson, Gabourey Sidibe, Dhonielle Clayton, N.K. Jemisin, and Jacqueline Woodson. They write about a wide array of books—by Eloise Greenfield, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Jamaica Kincaid, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and many more. In these pages you'll find a great diversity of experience, but a shared understanding of the vital importance of representation, and a powerful love of books. Read these essays and interviews to rediscover your own love of literature, find new books and authors to read, and remember the first time you connected with a character in a book and realized it colud be you.