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Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Colorado Book Award


As a working mother and poet-lecturer, Camille Dungy's livelihood depended on travel. She crisscrossed America and beyond with her daughter in tow, history shadowing their steps, always intensely aware of how they were perceived, not just as mother and child but as black women. From the San Francisco of settlers' dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana, from snow-white Maine to a festive yet threatening bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods, Dungy finds fear and trauma but also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, this is an essential guide for a troubled land.

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Camille T. Dungy. (2017). Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History. W. W. Norton & Company.

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Camille T. Dungy. 2017. Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History. W. W. Norton & Company.

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Camille T. Dungy, Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History. W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.

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Camille T. Dungy. Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History. W. W. Norton & Company, 2017.

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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Colorado Book Award

As a working mother and poet-lecturer, Camille Dungy's livelihood depended on travel. She crisscrossed America and beyond with her daughter in tow, history shadowing their steps, always intensely aware of how they were perceived, not just as mother and child but as black women. From the San Francisco of settlers' dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana, from snow-white Maine to a festive yet threatening bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods, Dungy finds fear and trauma but also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, this is an essential guide for a troubled land.

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      • source: Edwidge Danticat, author of The Art of Death
      • content: Part memoir, part travelogue, part parental guide, this book is a stunningly beautiful love letter from a mother to her daughter to help her daughter embrace the world she lives in, to introduce her to her ancestors, and prepare her for the future.
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      • source: Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
      • content: "Calm, lucid, and sturdy, Dungy's account stares down the effects and unevenly distributed burdens of our shared past and present with clear eyes, full heart, and the kind of dedication to fact, feeling, and history that we truly need now, as ever.
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      • source: Tracy K. Smith, US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Life on Mars
      • content: Dungy's prose is rich, fertile, astoundingly beautiful, and also singular and exacting. What better a voice to explore the rapture of motherhood, the fraught vulnerability of living in a black body, and the beautiful intimacy that can arise between near strangers? Guidebook to Relative Strangers is world-enlarging and indispensable.
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      • source: Bitch Magazine
      • content: If you've been searching for an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir that isn't exploitative, Guidebook to Relative Strangers is definitely worth your time.
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      • source: Mutha Magazine
      • content: [Dungy] writes not as an authority, but as a fellow traveler, reminding us that motherhood will crack open your heart, clutter your brain, confound your steps and explode your consciousness.
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      • source: Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage
      • content: In stirring and insightful prose, the wonder of our shared journey is spelled out on these pages. The music from Camille Dungy's pen is as intimate as the blues and as epic as a symphony.
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      • source: Cate Hodorowicz, Rumpus
      • content: Some essay collections challenge your intellect, others break open your heart, a few grant a new way of seeing, and occasionally one sings a song you feel in your bones. It's rare that a collection hits all four notes, yet Camille T. Dungy's first collection of essays... does so with impressive range, ambition, and timeliness.
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      • source: Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Digest
      • content: For Dungy, history is a shared root system that nourishes her vital imagination. Guidebook to Relative Strangers is a balm for the American soul.
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      • source: Wendy S. Walters, author of Multiply/Divide
      • content: Dungy's voice engages as a conversation with a dear friend might, with affection for the possibilities revealed in human relationships. These gorgeous essays are essential and deeply compelling.
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        April 15, 2017
        A poet explores her experiences as a mother, teacher, black woman, and "conscientious outsider."In this frank, revealing, and often lyrical memoir, Dungy (Creative Writing/Colorado State Univ.; Trophic Cascade, 2017, etc.) chronicles her travels across the country with her daughter, recording her thoughts on their place in American society. Whether she ponders why so many people are startled by the volume of her infant daughter's hair, the history of the Civil War as it related to the rural farmers of Maine, or the loss of place and home when developers built behind her childhood home, the author's voice rings out loud and clear. As a black woman who travels in circles that are often nearly all white, she has fears that others may never perceive. When she injured her ankle while hiking, she fretted about whether her weight was too much for the men in her group to handle in making it back down the mountain. When she flies, she has to rely on strangers to help with her stuff and her child, and she worries about who will take care of her daughter while she is teaching. On a powerful visit to Ghana to see the slave-holding pens along the coast, she considers her daughter's inability to pay attention to the horrific history all around them. Dungy also discusses the many surprises of being a mother, including the joys of nursing and watching her child learn new skills, which has opened her own eyes to new wonders. Each essay flows smoothly into the next, and they are all interlinked with themes of race, fear, joy, and love, bringing readers eye to eye with the experiences of being a black female poet, lecturer, mother, and woman. Forthright, entertaining, often potent essays that successfully intertwine personal history and historical context regarding black and white in America.

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