Today I’m talking with Amena Brown, a spoken-word poet who writes all her poems to jazz music. When she was a little girl, Amena dreamed of becoming a stand-up comedian, and that doesn’t seem like a stretch to me! She brought a lot of big laughs to our conversation today, as we discussed our favorite comedic memoirs by fabulously funny women, pushing the limits of a book’s form, and FEELINGS in books we just can’t find the words for. Plus, I give a book recommendation… that isn’t a book at all.
Another reason to be excited about today's episode? We're announcing the winners of the Deluxe Reading Journal Kit giveaway! We've been waiting weeks for this -- so let's get right to it.
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• How to Fix a Broken Record: Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself, by Amena Brown
• Bossypants, by Tina Fey
• Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
• Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, by Issa Rae
• Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, by Chanequa Walker-Branes
• For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange
• When The Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions, by Sue Monk Kidd
• Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
• Beloved, by Toni Morrison
• Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• Head Off & Split, by Nicky Finney
• The Street, by Anne Petry
• Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson
• Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson