Guidebook to Relative Strangers
As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Camille Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then toddler, intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child, but as black women. With a poet’s eye, she celebrates her daughter’s acquisition of language and discoveries of the natural and human world around her. At the same time history shadows her steps everywhere she goes: from the San Francisco of settlers’ and investors’ dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana; from snow-white Maine to a festive, yet threatening, bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods.With exceptional candor and grace, Dungy explores our inner and outer worlds—the intimate and vulnerable experiences of raising a child, living with illness, conversing with strangers, and counting on others’ goodwill. Across the nation, she finds fear and trauma, and also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, Guidebook to Relative Strangers is an essential guide for a troubled land.

Guidebook to Relative Strangers Details

TitleGuidebook to Relative Strangers
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
ISBN0393253759
ISBN-139780393253757
Number of pages256 pages
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Travel

Guidebook to Relative Strangers Review

  • Roxane
    January 15, 2017
    With Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Camille Dungy has crafted an elegant, meditative love letter to the life of the writer, the natural world, histories from which we cannot nor should not extricate ourselves, black womanhood, black motherhood, and the unabashed joy of raising up a black girl. From one essay to the next, Dungy maps the ways her world has changed its shape as she has learned to mother her daughter Callie, while also negotiating the writing life she cannot abandon. The writing h With Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Camille Dungy has crafted an elegant, meditative love letter to the life of the writer, the natural world, histories from which we cannot nor should not extricate ourselves, black womanhood, black motherhood, and the unabashed joy of raising up a black girl. From one essay to the next, Dungy maps the ways her world has changed its shape as she has learned to mother her daughter Callie, while also negotiating the writing life she cannot abandon. The writing here is as intimate as it is expansive.
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  • BMR, MSW, LSW
    June 5, 2017
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.This book is a collection of non-fiction essays written by the author. I was left with more questions than answers but...sometimes, that's just how art is.
  • Krystal
    June 3, 2017
    What a masterpiece! This collection of reflective stories engage with both the pains and joys of black motherhood, as one navigates challenging academic pursuits. Simply insightful and brilliant!
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