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Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  18 reviews
This moving memoir of an African-American woman's lifelong fight to identify and overcome depression offers an inspirational story of healing and emergence. Wrapped within Danquah's engaging account of this universal affliction is rare and insightful testimony about what it means to be black, female, and battling depression in a society that often idealizes black women as ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 22nd 1999 by One World/Ballantine (first published February 1998)
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Andrea Luquetta
Its rare to read a first hand account of depression that includes analysis of race. I love best the insight that Danquah gives us that depression, the illness, co-exists and interacts with the social and personal events, circumstances and history that inform who we are and how we behave. Viewing depression this way allows us to look for and respond to both the symptoms of depression (physical and emotional) and narratives we interpret, internalize and use to measure who we should be and explain ...more
Monica Coleman
So few books by black women on what it's like to live with a depressive condition. Danquah well names the stigma that still exists in black communities - and the problem of the ideal of the "strong black woman." I like how she includes her childhood and mothering in her story. A nice read.
Jul 02, 2013 Rhonda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rhonda by: Mindy
Shelves: memoir
This book really made me think about the lives of others who live with depression on a daily basis.
Though I could relate on some level with this author, there were many things I cannot come to terms with due to the fact that she is so different from me. I read this book with a open mind and feel that I have finished leaning a little more about depression and what others may be going through.

It is well written, but is a "heavy" book to read. I could only read a couple chapters at a time and then
Izetta Autumn
Part of my continued reading of memoirs written by Black womyn. The second half of this book was particularly well done. The first part of the book, while evocative, didn't explain or lay out why Danquah was writing her memoir as well as the last few chapters of her book do. In the last few chapters Danquah is clear that she's writing the book for womyn of color, specifically Black womyn, to address the stigma of depression and provide resources and her own story.

There is a certain shielding in
A story of depression told from an African American (as in family from Africa, growing up in US) woman's perspective. True and clear descriptions of what depression feels like and how it stops normal life in its tracks.
black women and depression
Really good for anyone who's struggled to understand depression. It helped me see some of the humanity and the underlying hell that goes with depression, which is often hard to see if you don't personally suffer from it. It's also good, I think, for people with depression, to read such a personal story of resilence. So... pretty much good for everyone. However, it's not my favorite book, nor is it exactly a literary masterpiece, though it is well written.
Aug 05, 2007 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: most
Well, this autobiography of depression was initially interesting to me because of the racial difference (for I had no reference), but she is quite an adept storyteller. She explains depression so well, and also illucidates how it is to be depressed as a black woman. Another must read for those in the discipline of psychology.
Ashley Jeanntta
Willow Weep for Me was a good piece of work. I suppose that I gave it four stars because of it's discussion of medication. Maybe in the future the author will discuss how the past couple of years have been for her. She seems to have the only memoir discussing black womanhood and depression. We certainly need more.
Jen Knox
I see why the description references Darkness Visible. It was well written, but I didn't fall in love with the book the way I thought I might. I recommend it for those who do not have experience with depression, who know someone else that has suffered, because it provides an accurate glimpse.
Revealing, revelations, especially after my own experiences with depression. Speaks to my soul and that is the kind of writing/voice I'd love to bring to this genre!
Aug 18, 2007 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the uninspired
Shelves: memoir-autobiog
I applaud Meri Nana-Ama Danquah. When I read this, it was pretty much the ONLY available memoir written by a black woman about mental depression.
Anarda Nashai
A very personal and engaging read. Ms. Danquah is very talented as a writer...very brave as a survivor of chronic depression. Highly recommended.
A young black woman's portrayal of her battle with depression.
Emotionally raw struggle of a young woman on her depression.
It's amazing how much people can overcome...
Kuukua K
This book saved my life! Literally!
Good, but slightly dated.
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