Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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I absolutely loved this memoir written in poetry when I had first read it and wanted to remind everyone of it for this year’s National Poetry Month! I don’t know what you’re reading this April but I highly recommend brown girl dreaming if you haven’t read it yet!

Review:Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline WoodsonI’ve read a lot of memoirs, but none that were done as a series of poems before. It really is a beautiful way to convey your story. My favorite was the first one, about the day she was born.

Woodson brings her birth together with the state of black in America and it’s done masterfully.

I’m not sure how many people can do memoir in this fashion, but this does a better job of explanation some things about the Civil Rights era than almost everything I had to memorize in school. It gives the feeling in the South of black child…

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  1. I met her by accident at the National Book Festival 2 years ago. She was SO nice!

  2. This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Cheryl, I have an eBook copy. And yes, it’s a good book–a memoir written in poems. I think you’ll like it!

  3. Someone else suggested this, but now that you’ve shared, I’m adding it to this year’s reading list, which for me is centered on memoir.

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