Friday, December 7, 2018

All the Women in My Family Sing



All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom (Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God) by Deborah Santana (Editor), America Ferrera (Contributor), Natalie Baszile (Contributor), Lalita Tademy (Contributor), Porochista Khakpour (Contributor), Mila  Jam (Contributor), Marian Wright Edelman(Contributor), Belva Davis (Contributor), Samina Ali (Contributor), Michelle "Mush" Lee (Contributor), Miriam Ching Yoon Louie (Contributor), Dr. Kanyoro Musimbi (Contributor), Nashormeh Lindo (Contributor), Nayomi Munaweera (Contributor), Jennifer De Leon (Contributor), Blaire Topash-Caldwell (Contributor), Phiroozeh Petigara (Contributor), 


Veronica Kugler (Contributor), Emma Talbott (Contributor), Lisa Jones(Contributor), Meera Bowman-Johnson (Contributor) . All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth. These brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world. Sixty-nine authors African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, Korean, LGBTQI  lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to each other’s histories and daily experiences of life. 

America Ferrera’s essay is from her powerful speech at the Women’s March in Washington D.C.; Natalie Baszile writes about her travels to Louisiana to research Queen Sugar and finding the “painful truths” her father experienced in the “belly of segregation;” Porochista Khakpour tells us what it is like to fly across America under the Muslim travel ban; Lalita Tademy writes about her transition from top executive at Sun Microsystems to NY Times bestselling author. This anthology is monumental and timely as human rights and justice are being challenged around the world. It is a watershed title, not only written, but produced entirely by women of color, including the publishing, editing, process management, book cover design, and promotions. Our vision is to empower underrepresented voices and to impact the world of publishing in America particularly important in a time when 80% of people who work in publishing self-identify as white (as found recently in a study by Lee & Low Books and reported on NPR).

My Opinion: everyone in this book and collection of stories really pulls you in and imagine yourself in the shoes of the woman that is experienced in this. I found it pull up my heartstrings as you don’t realize how different each and every one of us is and being narrow-minded is not helpful or healthy for anyone as you need to be more open.


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