Gather Me: A Memoir in Praise of the Books That Saved Me

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Gather Me: A Memoir in Praise of the Books That Saved Me

By Glory Edim

An inspiring memoir of family, community, and resilience, and an ode to the power of books to help us understand ourselves, from the renowned founder of Well-Read Black Girl. "She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.

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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: 10/29/2024
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 9780525619796
ISBN-10: 0525619798
Language: English

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An inspiring memoir of family, community, and resilience, and an ode to the power of books to help us understand ourselves, from the renowned founder of Well-Read Black Girl. "She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order."--Toni Morrison, Beloved For Glory Edim, that "friend of my mind" is books. Edim, who grew up in Virginia to Nigerian immigrant parents, started the popular Well-Read Black Girl book club at age thirty, eventually reaching a community of half a million readers. But her own love of books stretches far back. Edim's father moved back to Nigeria while she was still a child, marking the beginning of a series of traumatic changes and losses for her family. What became an escape, a safe space, and a second home for her and her brother was their local library. Books were where Edim found community, and as she grew older she discovered authors and ideas that she wasn't being taught about in class. Reading wherever and whenever she could, be it in her dorm room or when traveling by subway or plane, she found the Black writers whose words would forever change her life: Nikki Giovanni, through children's poetry cassettes; Maya Angelou, through a critical high school English teacher; Toni Morrison, while attending Morrison's alma mater, Howard University; Audre Lorde, on a flight to Nigeria. In prose full of both joy and heartbreak, Edim recounts how these writers and so many others taught her how to value herself by helping her to find her own voice when her mother lost hers, to trust her feelings when her father remarried, and to create bonds with other Black women and uplift their stories. Gather Me is a glowing testament to how the power of representation in literature can gather the disparate parts that make us who we are and assemble them into a portrait of discovery.

About the Author

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and digital platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood.

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