Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History by Camille T. Dungy

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Read Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History Online Free - 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.

Title : Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History
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ISBN : 0393253759
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 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....

Kerry rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

This book was magnificent. Familiar, eye-opening, so beautifully written, and rich with wisdom and ideas. Reminded me of Rebecca Solnit, Leslie Jamison, Joan Didion, but also very much itself and incredible for it. READ THIS BOOK.

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2017

Read these gorgeous essays (savor them, as you must, because these essays are written by a poet who notices the minute, who cares deeply about specifics, who yearns to find connection between moments and between times and between people). Then think again about the first words of the title, "guid...

Glenda rated it ★★★★★

July 07, 2017

Incredible Essays About Nature, History, Race, and Motherhood Camille Dungy is a subtle, confident, thorough writer who blends seemingly disparate ideas into an essay of uncommon depth. In this collection she explores the intersection of race and motherhood and how she is informed in her new role...

Margie rated it ★★★★★

September 19, 2017

I loved this memoir. Camille captures relationships, parenting and racism along with interesting tidbits of history along the way. As Camille entertains us with intimate glimpses traveling as a new mom and closer to home walks in her neighborhood, we encounter new people and see many familiar pla...

amy rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

love this book so much. elegant thoughtful wordsmithing, beautiful scenery, deeply emotional.

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2017

Beautiful, beautiful book.

Krystal rated it ★★★★★

June 14, 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!

Kathrina rated it ★★★☆☆

January 31, 2018

I like her writing style, but she's very obsessed with mothering her young daughter, and while that is meaningful and useful both for her and some readers, I wanted her to expand outward more. Maybe in her next book?

Matt rated it ★★★★★

January 29, 2018

Camille Dungy weaves seamlessly between well-worn themes of beauty in the seemingly mundane elements of nature, history,motherhood and community, as well as traumas old and new and realities of racism in our country. She even unpacks hidden treasures in supposedly well-tread topics like language...

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