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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Joy. Tears. Remembrance. Urban. Rural. Racial strife. Racial connection. Sweet. Soulful. Glorious.

All of these words encapsulate my feelings toward this memoir of a brown girl's dreams, dancing during an era where a smile hid fears, pain, and simple pleasures from beyond.


1. Connection. I immediately connected with Jacqueline's memories dressed in free verse. From her trips to the South to visit family in summer to her urban observations to simple smells kindled by mentions of hair grease and fresh linen. Her experiences mirrored mine, despite the thirteen year difference. She evoked images almost every black girl of a certain age (age 37 and over) could relate.

2. Free verse format. I love reading stories presented in different fashion from standard formats. While this book is nonfictional, her words never feel like I'm reading an informational avalanche. There's a beauty in her words, flowing with abandon, sends you on a journey, and while you're never sure the outcome, you're willing to go.

3. Quick paced. Reading this book shouldn't take more than two to three days (based on one's schedule).

4. Beautiful writing displaying the often complex characters, her family and friends, shaping her childhood and older years.

5. In an appendix, she offers pictures of her family. So, you can see who she's describing on any given page.

6. Favorite passage: "each world"


1. Should be listed in libraries everywhere.

2. Wish I knew what shaped her adolescence. Perhaps, another book will do the trick.

5 stars! Highly recommended.

*I'm not crying by the way. I'm chopping onions for dinner*
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Reading Progress

February 11, 2017 – Shelved
February 11, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
March 13, 2017 – Started Reading
March 13, 2017 – Shelved as: african-american
March 13, 2017 – Shelved as: ownvoices
March 13, 2017 – Shelved as: ya
March 13, 2017 – Shelved as: society
March 13, 2017 –
page 50
14.84% "Fascinating moments."
March 13, 2017 –
page 62
March 13, 2017 –
page 103
March 14, 2017 –
page 207
61.42% "Oh, Aunt Kay. . .

Lively. Lovely. Familiar in scope with black girls everywhere."
March 15, 2017 –
page 258
76.56% "I used to be the girl who couldn't utter a curse...



March 15, 2017 –
page 300
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: children
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: food-for-the-melaninated-soul
March 15, 2017 – Finished Reading
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: nonfiction
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir

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