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

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

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 t...

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

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History Reviews

  • Roxane
    Jan 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.

  • BMR, MSW, LSW
    Jun 05, 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
    Jun 03, 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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