Guidebook to Relative Strangersmade two lists at The Rumpus this Fall
What To Read When It’s Been a Hell of a Year (Curated by Claire Vaye Watkins
What to Read When You Want to Write Like a Mother
Thanks for the love, Rumpus crew!
Guidebook to Relative Strangers joins another wonderful list!
“In every essay, Dungy is incisive and revealing, both of her own experience and of the state of the world as she sees it.”
Beth Kephart of Juncture Notes interviews Camille Dungy about writing Guidebook to Relative Strangers.
Read the interview here.
Though garnering less attention, one of the biggest challenges facing our lives today is climate change and the destruction of the natural world — and Camille T. Dungy’s poetry collection, Smith Blue, portrays humanity as both the antagonist and the antagonized when it comes to the environment, drawing attention to the damaging environmental effects of modern living as well as humans’ own vulnerability to nature.
Another Camille T. Dungy collection to make this list, Trophic Cascade will make you think deeply about environmental degradation and disaster, and the legacy today’s humans are leaving the generations of tomorrow. Dungy’s poems speak to survival and resilience, new life and death, nature and power, and the roles of both fragility and endurance in the world.
“Some essay collections challenge your intellect, others break open your heart, a few grant a new way of seeing, and occasionally one sings a song you feel in your bones. It’s rare that a collection hits all four notes, yet Camille T. Dungy’s first collection of essays, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (W.W. Norton, 2017) does so with impressive range, ambition, and timeliness.”
Guidebook to Relative Strangers makes the list!