On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library

On Girlhood: 15 Stories from the Well-Read Black Girl Library

by Glory Edim (Editor)


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“This book feels like going home—a loving family of writers who came before me saying, ‘You got this and we got you.’ It is truly the Bible every reader and every writer needs.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone

“Beautifully written, unforgettable, and resonant coming-of-age stories that explore our vulnerabilities and complexities as Black girls navigating a world that has already made up its mind about us. This anthology presents an opportunity to commune with each other as Black women, to step inside the interior worlds of Black girls, to hear our own voices echoed back to us. What a roar!”
—Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of best-selling novels Patsy and Here Comes the Sun

On Girlhood is a beautiful and comforting patchwork quilt of stories from our literary contemporaries and foremothers. With this collection, Glory Edim is the master seamstress who is helping us stitch together the tattered pieces of us.”
—Ibi Zoboi, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Punching the Air

“The stories collected here are the design to growing up, growing knowledgeable, and growing good. Pieces and reflections, poems, and praise all live here: as Black and shining as a free being should be. We should be thankful for Glory Edim, who gathered the recipes for our thriving. What an act of grace, what a glorious tribute to our joyful permanence indeed.”
—Mahogany L. Browne, author of Chlorine Sky

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631497698
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/26/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 64,915
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform that promotes Black literature and sisterhood. She won the Innovator’s Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii


Girl Jamaica Kincaid 3

Recitatif Toni Morrison 6

The Richer, the Poorer Dorothy West 33

Fifth Sunday Rita Dove 39


Who We Are Camille Acker 51

The Lesson Toni Cade Bambara 55

Dance for Me Amina Gautier 66

Bad Behavior Alexia Arthurs 82


Melvin in the Sixth Grade Dana Johnson 93

Everyday Use Alice Walker 110

We're the Only Colored People Here Gwendolyn Brooks 123


Seeing Things Simply Edwidge Danticat 131

In a House of Wooden Monkeys Shay Youngblood 145

Reena Paule Marshall 151


How It Feels to Be Colored Me Zora Neale Hurston 179

Acknowledgments 185

Further Reading 187

About the Authors 191

Credits 199

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