Well Read Black Girl Book Club: Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by Pearl Cleage
We are so excited to announce that this month we will be launching an all-new book club, the Well-Read Black Girl book club.
This book club is free and open to the public. Purchase your copy at Pages and get 15% off. It will be hosted by a friend of the store and avid reader Dawn Sarai Robinson.
This month we are reading "Things I Should Have Told My Daughter" by Pearl Cleage. Whether you have just started the book or read it a long time ago, all are welcome to come and join in the book club.
So What is Well-Read Black Girl Bookclub?
This book club was originally started in 2017 by the author of "Well-Read Black Girl", Glory Edim as a Brooklyn-based book club and online community celebrating the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. This year the American Booksellers Association partnered with Glory to take her book club to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color.
About Things I Should Have Told My Daughter:
In this inspiring memoir—that Jane Fonda raves “will make you braver…want to live your life better and make a difference”—the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to hone her craft as a writer.
Before she becoming one of America’s most popular playwrights and a bestselling author with a novel endorsed by Oprah’s Book Club, Pearl Cleage was a struggling writer going through personal and professional turmoil. In Things I Should Have Told My Daughter, Cleage takes us back to the 1970s and 80s, when she was a young wife and mother trying to find her voice as a writer. Living in Atlanta, she worked alongside Maynard Jackson, the city’s first black mayor and it was here among fraught politics that she began to feel the pull of her own dreams—a pull that led her away from her husband as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment.
In the tradition of literary giants such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Maya Angelou, Cleage crafts an illuminating and moving self-portrait in which her “extraordinary experiences, deep social concerns, passionate self-analysis, and personal and artistic liberation, all so openly confided, make for a highly charged, redefining read” (Booklist).