The essays in this book weave together the varied strands of experience that contribute to a feminist activist life. The essays touch on many topics: her coming out to her family at a movie theatre; learning to swim; her father's elegance; the bond between Blacks and Jews; the influence of writer Lorraine Hansberry; the image of Black women in photography (with family pictures) and the nature of being a recovering Catholic. The Library Journal said: "In these discussions Gomez delves astutely into the areas of literature, advertising, comedy, music drama, religion and politics. Gomez's words flow with an ease, honesty and intellect that is mesmerizing."
Jewelle gives an overview of the book:
Jewelle Gomez was born in Boston, MA and raised there by her great grandmother. Her background is Native American (Wampanoag & Ioway) and African American on her mother's side and Cape Verdean on her father's. Her writing has always been an exploration of the margins and...