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Warrior Poet by Alexis De Veaux
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Audre Lorde's story is amazing, and the level of detail that the author goes into is extraordinary. Unfortunately, it can also be a bit tiring. It is clear that the author admires and cares for Audre so she wanted to paint as accurate and clear a picture of her as possible. She goes to great pains to look at Audre's life objectively. However, at times this book turns into a chronology of the mundane. It was hoping for a deeper understanding of Audre Lorde. She is a woman with many, many layers. However, I think in an effort to do too much (maybe?), the author gave too much detail. In the end, it felt a bit sterile.

That said, it is definitely worth reading. I'd also recommend reading Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. It is interesting to contrast the two tellings of Audre Lorde's life - one from her own perspective, the other from someone else.

Despite my feelings about the book, I am incredibly grateful that someone is telling her story.
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