This week on the BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast, we're remixing the best stories of books that got us through hard times and helped us understand ourselves.
2. Ashley discovered her ✨black girl magic✨ when Amazing Grace taught her how to fly.
3. Heben was into: (foreshadowing alert!) books about young ~inquisitive girls~.
4. Meanwhile, Tracy found her inner writer caught up in Charlotte's Web.
5. National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson (aka Marley’s fave author, who was nominated again this year) found a vision for her own potential in Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
7. Prolific reader, tweeter and director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas says she grew up in a multicultural family and wished for more edgy black girls in her books growing up.
8. BuzzFeed's executive culture editor Saeed Jones says he had to look hard to find a book that represented him. “I grew up in the suburbs of North Texas and I’m gay; I was raised buddhist. So, you see yourself in shards.”
9. Hip-hop scholar and author Jeff Chang found his people in collection of comic strips called Wee Pals by Morrie Turner, the first black syndicated cartoonist in the US. “He created this multicultural Peanuts and he had this one [Asian-American] character named George.”
11. On the flip side of representation, actual Genius Ta-Nehisi Coates has some thoughts about what is not his job to represent.
12. Which leads us to our omnipresent literary mother, Toni Morrison, whose vibrant, poignant characters awakened countless young black women to the depths of their identities.
13. Even the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray says she had her come-to-Toni moment reading The Bluest Eye.
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