“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!
“Motherhood memoirs make up a robust though almost entirely white genre. Camille T. Dungy’s evocative debut, “Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History,” meticulously parses the ways in which work, travel and creativity affect black motherhood, and in doing so provides a much needed perspective….”
“What resonates most within these essays is Dungy’s self-awareness: She knows who she is and how her identities impact how she’s perceived. If you’ve been searching for an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir that isn’t exploitative, Guidebook to Relative Strangers is definitely worth your time.”
“Forthright, entertaining, often potent essays that successfully intertwine personal history and historical context regarding black and white in America.”
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Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood and History.
Published on June 13
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