Girl Gurl Grrrl

On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

by Kenya Hunt

On Sale: 12/08/2020

Girl Gurl Grrrl

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Girl Gurl Grrrl

On Womanhood and Belonging in the Age of Black Girl Magic

by Kenya Hunt

On Sale: 12/08/2020

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About the Book

In the vein of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but wholly its own, a provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world.

Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated than they are now. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, every new face elected to public office, the reality of everyday life for black women remains a complex, conflicted, contradiction-laden experience.

 An American journalist who has been living and working in London for a decade, Kenya Hunt has made a career of distilling moments, movements, and cultural moods into words. Her work takes the difficult and the indefinable and makes it accessible; it is razor sharp cultural observation threaded through evocative and relatable stories.

Girl Gurl Grrrl both illuminates our current cultural moment and transcends it. Hunt captures the zeitgeist while also creating a timeless celebration of womanhood, of blackness, and the possibilities they both contain. She blends the popular and the personal, the frivolous and the momentous in a collection that truly reflects what it is to be living and thriving as a black woman today.  

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Critical Praise

“From its title and construction to its rhythms and its rigor, GIRL GURL GRRRL is a radical and magical diasporic curation of love for Black dialect, Black freedom, Black cool, Black culture, Black joy, and mostly--and specifically--Black women.” - Damon Young, author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

“Kenya Hunt, the award-winning American journalist in London, provocatively threads cultural observations through relatable stories that illuminate our current cultural moment while transcending it.”  - Refinery 29

“Powerful, intelligent and vital – one of the year’s must-reads.”  - Elle

“A provocative, heart-breaking and frequently hilarious collection of original essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today’s ever-changing world.”  - Glamour

“GIRL is an essential, vital and urgent exploration of Black womanhood, that should be on everyone’s reading list. Every page is meaningful and a call for empathy, hope and change. There is such power in the stories that are told, from Kenya’s own experience – as a mother, as a journalist, as an American in London, to Ebele Okobi’s essay on the unspeakable loss of a brother to police brutality. If any book should enrich – and disrupt – your life, let it be this.”  - Harper's Bazaar

“Hunt, a gifted storyteller, has a strong voice all her own, and she explores a host of current concerns, including Black grief and ‘what happens when the Internet and social media do the eulogizing.’ Amid the ‘angst and chaos,’ Hunt hopes readers also see Black women as people who are ‘loving…growing, and finding the meaning in life as we go.’ And we do see their fullness in this collage of insightful analyses of the messy places where race, culture, and technology intersect. A powerful collection that is very much of the present moment of resistance but will also endure.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Hunt, deputy editor of the fashion magazine Grazia UK, debuts with a rich collection of personal essays about her life and career. . . . Hunt’s work will broaden perspectives and inspire readers.” - Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062987648
  • ISBN 10: 006298764X
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 12/08/2020
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / African American & Black
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory

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