Monday, September 01, 2014
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
I'm not sure I can add much to the conversation around this book, as I agree with the buzz. Brown Girl Dreaming is more than a book or a memoir....it is a gift. We follow Jacqueline and her changing family from Ohio to South Carolina and up to NYC and each poem is a revelation of sorts that brings the reader through the timeline of Woodson's life. From the "how to listen" haikus to poems like "sometimes, no words are needed", "stevie", and "as a child, i smelled the air" I found myself closing the book to pause again and again.
I had posted a photo of "stevie" on Instagram and commented that I was swooning over this book, and a friend commented that her copy is so dog-eared that she isn't going to share it with her students. It made me comment back that this is the kind of book you carry around with you. I will take the dust jacket off, and place it in my school bag. And when the world gets to be a little too much, I will open the pages and gift myself with a little bit of magic.