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All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth. These brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world. Sixty-nine authors ― African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, Korean, LGBTQI ― lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to each other’s histories and daily experiences of life. America Ferrera’s essay is from her powerful speech at the Women’s March in Washington D.C.; Natalie Baszile writes about her travels to Louisiana to research Queen Sugar and finding the “painful truths” her father experienced in the “belly of segregation;” Porochista Khakpour tells us what it is like to fly across America under the Muslim travel ban; Lalita Tademy writes about her transition from top executive at Sun Microsystems to NY Times bestselling author. This anthology is monumental and timely as human rights and justice are being challenged around the world. It is a watershed title, not only written, but produced entirely by women of color, including the publishing, editing, process management, book cover design, and promotions. Our vision is to empower underrepresented voices and to impact the world of publishing in America ― particularly important in a time when 80% of people who work in publishing self-identify as white (as found recently in a study by Lee & Low Books, and reported on NPR). 


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All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and All the Women in My Family Sing is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth. These brief, trenchant essays capture the aspirations and wisdom of women of color as they exercise autonomy, creativity, and dignity and build bridges to heal the brokenness in today’s turbulent world. Sixty-nine authors ― African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, Korean, LGBTQI ― lend their voices to broaden cross-cultural understanding and to build bridges to each other’s histories and daily experiences of life. America Ferrera’s essay is from her powerful speech at the Women’s March in Washington D.C.; Natalie Baszile writes about her travels to Louisiana to research Queen Sugar and finding the “painful truths” her father experienced in the “belly of segregation;” Porochista Khakpour tells us what it is like to fly across America under the Muslim travel ban; Lalita Tademy writes about her transition from top executive at Sun Microsystems to NY Times bestselling author. This anthology is monumental and timely as human rights and justice are being challenged around the world. It is a watershed title, not only written, but produced entirely by women of color, including the publishing, editing, process management, book cover design, and promotions. Our vision is to empower underrepresented voices and to impact the world of publishing in America ― particularly important in a time when 80% of people who work in publishing self-identify as white (as found recently in a study by Lee & Low Books, and reported on NPR). 

30 review for All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    All the Women in My Family Sing is a wonderful collection of essays by women on color from a wide variety of backgrounds writing about a interesting set of topics. I worked my way pretty slowly through this anthology so that I didn't have any issues with the essays running together in my mind. If you are the kind of reader who skips forwards, don't with this one! The forward is written by Deborah Santana and nicely sets the tone for the entire collection. Although I enjoyed the collection as a w All the Women in My Family Sing is a wonderful collection of essays by women on color from a wide variety of backgrounds writing about a interesting set of topics. I worked my way pretty slowly through this anthology so that I didn't have any issues with the essays running together in my mind. If you are the kind of reader who skips forwards, don't with this one! The forward is written by Deborah Santana and nicely sets the tone for the entire collection. Although I enjoyed the collection as a whole there are three that were my favorites. This Is How You Do by Phirooza Petigara, Outlaw by Matilda Smith, and Black Dolls For Everyone by Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari. To showcase some of the goodness in this collection the best thing is to just share a snippet from each of my three favorites. From This Is How You Do: 'But while I marveled at all the things I was getting to do, the people in the tiny Parsi community to which I belong were appalled at all the things that I was not doing. It took time for the subtext to sink in. "So, where is your husband?" Actually meant, " Why aren't you home feeding him?" "When are you going to have children?" meant, "Writing is not an appropriate use of time for a young woman with viable ovaries." My claim that I was child-free by choice was ignored: "Don't worry there's still time!" From Outlaw by Matilda Smith: 'My brother, who was ten years older than I, was a major criminal: He read banned literature-magazines written by the Teachers' League with articles about what history children should be learning. From Black Dolls For Everyone: "Why wouldn't she have a Black Barbie?" I responded. "Her mother is Black, she is Black, so why wouldn't she have a Black Barbie?' This is very readable collection of relatable essays that I am glad to have read. You can find me at: •(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)• Twitter: @MonlatReader Instagram: @readermonica Facebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    4.5 stars I’ve been reading this book slowly over the past four months or so, taking groups of essays at a time rather than trying to plow through the whole book. With just over seventy pieces, all by different writers this collection encompasses a broad spectrum of women in color in America and how they view and experience the world around them focusing on areas such as family, career, sexuality and illness. Of the seventy writers, I had probably only heard of a handful: America Ferrera, Lalita 4.5 stars I’ve been reading this book slowly over the past four months or so, taking groups of essays at a time rather than trying to plow through the whole book. With just over seventy pieces, all by different writers this collection encompasses a broad spectrum of women in color in America and how they view and experience the world around them focusing on areas such as family, career, sexuality and illness. Of the seventy writers, I had probably only heard of a handful: America Ferrera, Lalita Tademy, Nayomi Munaweera and more recently, Porochista Khakpour. The last three have all published novels or memoirs but most of the women in the book are on the first steps of their writing careers and part of the enjoyment of the book for me was reading about the backgrounds of each writer which are given a paragraph at the end of each piece. There are so many great essays and I’ve been reading this for so many months that it is hard to pick favorites although I found many of those in the last few sections about illness and journey really compelling; I wonder if it is because several of these were slightly longer so I could get more involved in the story being told. Camille Hayes’ essay about Race, Klansville USA, Tammy Thea’s, Escape from the Cambodian Killing fields about her life as an immigrant, Samina Ali’s Labor of Love about her relationship with her son and Kira Lynne Allen’s powerful Learning to Thrive are four that I can point to but there are so many. This is a collection that contains tragedy, sadness, experience of racism and lack of understanding but is ultimately uplifting and often joyful, these women know what this world is through experience and are not naïve about what it still means to be a woman of color in it, however, they have embraced who they are, which for me is strong, talented and inspiring. ‘Be concerned with the color of transparency instead of the color of one’s skin. Be concerned with who we all are-really, truly, deep within. Search for honesty in the answers given, in action and deed. See my heart on my sleeve and the love and joy within me that strengthen me each day. My color is not how you will know me. Instead, look further and you will see. Look deeper.’ (Shyla Margaret Machanda, The color of Transparency)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    This essay collection exceeded my already high expectations. I always annotate/highlight while I’m reading and I planned on only highlighting my favorite essays. As you can see in the next picture, that ended up being every other essay. All the Women in my Family Sing is a collection of essays written by women of color about family, love, equality, justice, freedom, body image, identity, racism, and the human condition. Each essay packed a unique punch. Some were heartbreaking, some inspiring, s This essay collection exceeded my already high expectations. I always annotate/highlight while I’m reading and I planned on only highlighting my favorite essays. As you can see in the next picture, that ended up being every other essay. All the Women in my Family Sing is a collection of essays written by women of color about family, love, equality, justice, freedom, body image, identity, racism, and the human condition. Each essay packed a unique punch. Some were heartbreaking, some inspiring, some enlightening but each one as intimate as a close friend sharing their life story. In these women you can recognize yourself, your sister, your mom, or your friend. Each woman comes from a different walk of life and experiences many different things yet each story has the common thread of what it means to be a woman and persevere. The fact that each essay concluded with a brief bio of the writer made their voices even more authentic. I think this is such a necessary collection as so many WoC stories are ignored, marginalized, or erased from mainstream literature. This is an anthology I will be pressing into the hands of every woman I know and come to know. It is one I know won’t sit on my shelf for very long because I’ll constantly take it down to reference a woman’s story or a quote I’ve highlighted. I truly can’t recommend this enough. It was also written, designed, edited, and marketed entirely by WoC. I hope this sets a precedent for all literature to come. I was sent a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A fresh collection of personal experiences, essays, and poetry, written by 69 contemporary women of color: African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, and Korean. I found some to be poignant, some inspiring, uplifting, and powerful, yet every piece was brief and targeted. I especially liked that each concluded with a short bio of its author. The book is segmented into eight sections "with topics that range from the pressures of being the vice-president A fresh collection of personal experiences, essays, and poetry, written by 69 contemporary women of color: African American, Asian American, Chicana, Native American, Cameroonian, South African, and Korean. I found some to be poignant, some inspiring, uplifting, and powerful, yet every piece was brief and targeted. I especially liked that each concluded with a short bio of its author. The book is segmented into eight sections "with topics that range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company, to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, health, and self-worth." (from the publisher's website). I ended up reading this book in short bursts, and then thought about and savored each voice and story. This would be a great addition to reading lists for high school and college students. I received a copy from the editor in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Dankoff

    “I am a human. I am a woman. I am equal to all people as they are equal to me...It is not your job to find out where I am from. You should be more concerned with how I treat my family, whether or not I pay my taxes, whether I have ever been in love, if I have experienced great loss or if I am currently in a state of deep sorrow or joy. Be concerned with the color of transparency instead of the color of one’s skin. Be concerned with who we all are — really, truly, deep within. Search for honesty i “I am a human. I am a woman. I am equal to all people as they are equal to me...It is not your job to find out where I am from. You should be more concerned with how I treat my family, whether or not I pay my taxes, whether I have ever been in love, if I have experienced great loss or if I am currently in a state of deep sorrow or joy. Be concerned with the color of transparency instead of the color of one’s skin. Be concerned with who we all are — really, truly, deep within. Search for honesty in the answers given, in action and deed. See my heart on my sleeve and the love and joy within me that strengthen me each day. My color is not how you will know me. Instead, look further and you will see. Look deeper. That is how you will know me.” (from ‘The Color of Transparency’ by Shula Margaret Machanda) This collection of journeys is breath-taking and hard-hitting, gut-wrenching and tear-jerking. These women are heroes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aisha (thatothernigeriangirl)

    First off, I have to commend the cover of this book! The design is lovely and the material is so velvety, like it’s design to take care of your hands 🤗. Also, if you notice, hidden within the art work, is this sentence; ‘What does yes look like?”. So kudos to the publisher and the artist. . Asides the 5 Star cover, ATWIMFS is a collection of 69 beautifully written, well detailed and succinct essays. All of these essays were written by WoCs, of all types and with very diverse heritage. My friend m a First off, I have to commend the cover of this book! The design is lovely and the material is so velvety, like it’s design to take care of your hands 🤗. Also, if you notice, hidden within the art work, is this sentence; ‘What does yes look like?”. So kudos to the publisher and the artist. . Asides the 5 Star cover, ATWIMFS is a collection of 69 beautifully written, well detailed and succinct essays. All of these essays were written by WoCs, of all types and with very diverse heritage. My friend m and I agreed that we have the editor, Deborah Santana, to thank for the precision. I mean, the longest essays was only 8 pages long (and for very good reasons). . . The essays were grouped under 8 different subsets; that touched on identity, migration, career, beauty, family and even illnesses. This categorization made the reading experience enjoyable for me because it felt like a rollercoaster and I wasn’t overwhelmed with the large number of essays. . . Did I also mention that the writing was so diverse in terms of POVs and you can still sense the collective struggle? Writers as young as 20 and as old as 65 contributed to the anthology and you couldn’t eventell from the writing (except the writer mentions their age in the short bio). I advice you to create space on your tbt list because there are a lot of recommended reads (films and blogs) to add. . . One final observation, the diversity in popularity of each writer drove me to one conclusion; we should never dismiss the struggles of any woman based on whether or not, she’s well known in the society. Popularity doesn’t diminish/eliminate the feminine struggle. This book is a solid 5 Star and I’ll recommend it to everyone. A Favorite quotes from the books: “This time you will be a woman, This time you will be a revolution, This time your story will be told.” Ugochi Egonu, All The Women in my Family Sing

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    All the Women In My Family Sing is an essential essay collection for anyone interested in a diverse education on what it's like to be a woman in this world. It is so important when putting a voice to women's issues that we make sure ALL women have a chance to speak. Our feminism must be intersectional, and in order for that to happen we need stories like the ones in this collection. These essays run the gamut from heartbreaking to inspiring, terrible to empowering, ugliness and beauty. They show All the Women In My Family Sing is an essential essay collection for anyone interested in a diverse education on what it's like to be a woman in this world. It is so important when putting a voice to women's issues that we make sure ALL women have a chance to speak. Our feminism must be intersectional, and in order for that to happen we need stories like the ones in this collection. These essays run the gamut from heartbreaking to inspiring, terrible to empowering, ugliness and beauty. They show the world - the good parts and the terrible ones - through the eyes of women who have to fight every day so other women can have a chance to succeed. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    All the Women in My Family Sing is a beautiful collection of women from around the work who write about personal experiences though the written words in poems and so much more. Each woman bares her soul covering different topics that are covered are body image, health, life, love and many more soul barring stories that readers whether male or female will be able to connect with. This is must read for it brings to life others hardships no matter where they are in life. All The Women in my family is All the Women in My Family Sing is a beautiful collection of women from around the work who write about personal experiences though the written words in poems and so much more. Each woman bares her soul covering different topics that are covered are body image, health, life, love and many more soul barring stories that readers whether male or female will be able to connect with. This is must read for it brings to life others hardships no matter where they are in life. All The Women in my family is am amazing collection everyone should have on their shelves. Thank you for the copy All the Women in My Family Sing: An Anthology by Women of Color or my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Enjoyed this anthology of short essays by a wide range of women writers. Most of the pieces are only a couple of pages long, so you get just a brief glimpse of each person's life. I wanted more from each one, but I can understand that the structure provided the opportunity to include more variety and diversity of writers. Getting a quick deep dive into each woman's life gave me a taste and if I want more, I can seek out writing that each woman has done in other locations.... Enjoyed this anthology of short essays by a wide range of women writers. Most of the pieces are only a couple of pages long, so you get just a brief glimpse of each person's life. I wanted more from each one, but I can understand that the structure provided the opportunity to include more variety and diversity of writers. Getting a quick deep dive into each woman's life gave me a taste and if I want more, I can seek out writing that each woman has done in other locations....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karena

    There is a world of experiences out there and we tend to hear only a very specific set of stories in our usual media. This collection of essays shares some of those little told experiences. These women talk about race, gender, body image, sexuality, being incarcerated with prose that doesn’t allow you to be impervious. They are flesh and blood and their voices are there for us to take heed of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    A great collection of essays, including one by Shyla Margaret Machanda called "The Color of Transparency" that I recommend in the highest possible terms. A great collection of essays, including one by Shyla Margaret Machanda called "The Color of Transparency" that I recommend in the highest possible terms.

  12. 4 out of 5

    RuthAnn

    Thank you to Nothing But the Truth Publishing for my free copy! I received it 2 years ago, and I am grateful for the opportunity to read it. This anthology is tremendous in scope, variety, and volume. The 70 pieces here feature the voices of women of color with a range of backgrounds, sharing their stories about identity, immigration, career, social justice, family, beauty, illness, and travel. I started it in February, and I'm glad I took my time with it because there is so much here. The essays Thank you to Nothing But the Truth Publishing for my free copy! I received it 2 years ago, and I am grateful for the opportunity to read it. This anthology is tremendous in scope, variety, and volume. The 70 pieces here feature the voices of women of color with a range of backgrounds, sharing their stories about identity, immigration, career, social justice, family, beauty, illness, and travel. I started it in February, and I'm glad I took my time with it because there is so much here. The essays and poems aren't very long, but I didn't want to read a ton at once and just mow through it. I read a few here and there, which let the words sink in. When I finished, I felt full but not overwhelmed. I'm just so thankful for the opportunity to hear from all of these women and listen to their stories. For an example of the type of writing you’ll find in this anthology, check out La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson’s essay, "From Negro to Black". --- ... it continues to baffle me that others need to secure the cultural ethnicity of someone before conversing with them. If the question isn't anthropological in nature -- if you aren't asking because you wish to know more of the culture and traditions of my people -- then I don't understand the need for the inquiry. (Shyla Margaret Machanda, "The Color of Transparency") Frederick Douglass wrote to Harriet Tubman on August 28, 1868, eloquntly summing up her life and that of so many Black women throughout American history: "The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day -- you the night. I have had the applause of the crowd and the satisfaction that comes of being approved by the multitude, while the most that you have done has been witnessed by a few trembling, scared, and foot-sore bondmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt 'God bless you' has been your only reward. The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witness of your devotion to freedom." (Marian Write Edelman, "The Tireless Indispensable") ... in our compassion for others, we just exercise the principle of "justice for all," not "just us." (Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, "Hope, Justice, Feminism, and Faith") This time you will not be the delicate doll that they expect you to be, You will inhale fury, And exhale power. This time you might cry, Not because women are overly sensitive and fragile, But because you are human and that is what humans do. (Ugochi Egonu, "African in America")

  13. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviews by Tara

    If you are compiling your TBR list for the summer, l suggest you add this book. A compelling exploration of womanhood in today's world, All The Women In My Family Sing, is a soulful book that kept my interest from the first page to the last. With multifaceted subject matter, the editor Deborah Santana did a phenomenal job of structuring the book in an orderly fashion. Written in four parts, all of the essays are very well delivered. Some of the topics include cultural identity, careers, family, If you are compiling your TBR list for the summer, l suggest you add this book. A compelling exploration of womanhood in today's world, All The Women In My Family Sing, is a soulful book that kept my interest from the first page to the last. With multifaceted subject matter, the editor Deborah Santana did a phenomenal job of structuring the book in an orderly fashion. Written in four parts, all of the essays are very well delivered. Some of the topics include cultural identity, careers, family, the myth of beauty, the impact of illness, plus many others. For me this book served as a reminder of how similar the women’s experiences can be. To give you an example, while reading an essay titled When Life Is a Crystal Stair by Rita Roberts-Turner l couldn’t help but to think of my own daughter. In her essay Roberts-Turner discusses what her grandmother may be thinking as she watches her from heaven. Reading this reminded me of conversations I've had with my daughter. As the only black female detective in her department, my daughter often wonders what my mother (her grandmother) is thinking as she looks down upon her from heaven. I imagine my mother’s reaction would be the same as the author’s grandmother. Roberts-Turner writes, “Granny must be sitting up there with Jesus, head back with laughter, proudly telling all the angels, 'That’s my granddaughter.'" It is moments such as this that made this book so relatable. This anthology delivers our stories with total authenticity. There are no band-aids to cover the scars. Each woman shares her personal truth in a very fitting way. I highly recommend this book to every woman, of every culture, and every age. For it is a very enriching experience that provides substance for the female soul .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristianne

    From "In Praise of Women" in Shelf Awareness, 3/16/18 "All the Women in My Family Sing (Nothing But the Truth) steps back from history books to look instead at the varieties of women's experiences seen through their own personal stories. The collection of short pieces gives intimate voice to women of color as they consider citizenship, race, motherhood, the workplace, aging and more." From "In Praise of Women" in Shelf Awareness, 3/16/18 "All the Women in My Family Sing (Nothing But the Truth) steps back from history books to look instead at the varieties of women's experiences seen through their own personal stories. The collection of short pieces gives intimate voice to women of color as they consider citizenship, race, motherhood, the workplace, aging and more."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    This is a great book! Really enjoyed the small independent stories of the various author's experiences. Great read. This is a great book! Really enjoyed the small independent stories of the various author's experiences. Great read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    All the Women in My Family Sing, a collection of essays written by women of color and edited by Deborah Santana, is an exceptional creation. I limited myself to three or four essays a day in order to savor them, and to let each voice speak to me. I fell in love with everyone in this collection, they have become my friends, their words reaching out into my soul and pulling me into their lives, their experiences. I related so much to some stories, and to others I could only stand by and listen, an All the Women in My Family Sing, a collection of essays written by women of color and edited by Deborah Santana, is an exceptional creation. I limited myself to three or four essays a day in order to savor them, and to let each voice speak to me. I fell in love with everyone in this collection, they have become my friends, their words reaching out into my soul and pulling me into their lives, their experiences. I related so much to some stories, and to others I could only stand by and listen, and learn, my own experiences so different. All the Women in My Family Sing is such an absolutely necessary book, it lifts the voices of all women, all experiences, all thoughts, it lifts their voices up altogether as a collective. So many women’s voices are marginalized, pushed away, categorized into small, obscure departments, and I feel like this anthology does a fabulous job of not only drawing them out, but actually showing us that all experiences are valid and all women should be heard and read. The anthology is divided into different sections pertaining to specific topics, and each essay spans between 4 and 6 pages in length. There are 69 amazing essays in total in the book. Each one unique and compelling, sometimes heartbreaking or shocking, other times enlightening and creative, sometimes all of the above. They are all completely inspiring. While reading this anthology I felt a renewed inspiration to complete the autobiographical novel I started back in 2011. The essays have been compiled from all across the board: established and published writers with long term writing careers and young, first time essayists, and all of the rest in between there. Again, every voice deserves to be lifted up high. All of the Women in My Family Sing will be my go-to gift this year for all of those I love. I want EVERYONE to read it. I know it’s only April, but this book is going to be in my top 5 reads of this year, most likely my number 1. Not only written entirely by women of color, it was also developed, edited, produced, created, and marketed by women of color. The publisher, Nothing But The Truth Publishing, is doing to fantastic job raising the voices of the underrepresented. If you are not aware of the publishing house Nothing But The Truth Publishing I suggest you go right ahead and check them out, because not only is their philosophy brilliant (and necessary), but they also have some brilliant content available in their catalogue. I initially bought this book for my Kindle, but I love it so much that I will be buying it again in regular paperback too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I would like to thank @nothingbutthetruthpublishing for this gifted copy:) Every once in a while a book comes along that you know will change your perspective on what’s truly important in life. It will speak to your heart and soul in a way that nothing else can. It will open your eyes, open your mind, and remind you of things you may have forgotten. Important things. It will make ideas of ways you can make change and build a better tomorrow start to bubble into your brain. It will show you that I would like to thank @nothingbutthetruthpublishing for this gifted copy:) Every once in a while a book comes along that you know will change your perspective on what’s truly important in life. It will speak to your heart and soul in a way that nothing else can. It will open your eyes, open your mind, and remind you of things you may have forgotten. Important things. It will make ideas of ways you can make change and build a better tomorrow start to bubble into your brain. It will show you that EVERY voice matters. And that you can infinitely grow as a person and become better. And stronger. And kinder, because kindness matters. It will show you that we are all fighting our own battles with courage and resilience. And in many ways it will break your heart so that it can be rebuilt with even more compassion, caring and empathy than it already had. “All the Women in My Family Sing,” is one of these books. Here is a collection of powerful essays, prose and poetry that are written by women that show their struggles and their fights for justice, equality and truth with dignity and diligence. This is one of the most moving books I’ve read in some time. I was very emotional while reading some of these ladies’ stories and I thank all of them for sharing. This book truly makes me think about the kind of world I can help build. @nothingbutthetruthpublishing is remarkable. They’re putting so much good out there. If you don’t know about them, I encourage you to check them out. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

  18. 4 out of 5

    BgirlBookworm

    This book reeled me in with its cover and hooked me with the first story. By the third story, I felt like a college student again thinking “damn, each and every one of us a story to tell, our mothers and grandmothers do too and I need to sit with them and record them all.” I can not put into words how many emotions this book has evoked and yet how truly inspiring and hopeful it is. Each story unfolds to expose a part of each writer that they were willing to have us bear witness to. I found mysel This book reeled me in with its cover and hooked me with the first story. By the third story, I felt like a college student again thinking “damn, each and every one of us a story to tell, our mothers and grandmothers do too and I need to sit with them and record them all.” I can not put into words how many emotions this book has evoked and yet how truly inspiring and hopeful it is. Each story unfolds to expose a part of each writer that they were willing to have us bear witness to. I found myself tearing up on the subway, crying on a side chair and almost sobbing on the bus. The stories are raw, so intimate and tender. They Celebrates womanhood, sisterhood, motherhood, above all it leaves you knowing that damn, anything is really attainable. Upon reading each writers bio, I want to read all their works, donate to their non profits or sit and take a writing class with them. Tomorrow I will present it to the group that I am volunteering with, in the hopes that some of these stories can inspire the young women to look outside of themselves and their circumstances, and imagine if, thanks to even one of these short stories, the limitless possibilities that their futures hold for them and for their children. This was a beautiful beautiful read. I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Starzinski

    I thoroughly appreciate the focus on equality, justice and freedom in each of these essays and I applaud the bravery it takes to tell stories close to the heart. As a woman, writer and single parent I was inspired by the life stories and artistic successes of the contributors. There was just something about the structure of the book as a complication of essays that I didn’t love- and I can’t quite put a finger on it. Maybe it’s that some of the essays felt like they could have been full length s I thoroughly appreciate the focus on equality, justice and freedom in each of these essays and I applaud the bravery it takes to tell stories close to the heart. As a woman, writer and single parent I was inspired by the life stories and artistic successes of the contributors. There was just something about the structure of the book as a complication of essays that I didn’t love- and I can’t quite put a finger on it. Maybe it’s that some of the essays felt like they could have been full length stand alone memoirs, and some felt like first drafts of stories that needed more guts and teeth. Regardless, it’s a read worth taking in small bits to best capture the vulnerability and strength of each story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    laudanum at 33

    This book was a rush. I read through it so quickly it was kind of dizzying, and part of that is due to the format. These essays are short and often pack a punch, making it a real page turner. In just twelve days I had absorbed the viewpoints of dozens of women and a multitude of experiences. I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for answers, vindication and comfort or simply feeling alone and misunderstood. Read an essay at random or explore a particular set of stories (they're grouped by This book was a rush. I read through it so quickly it was kind of dizzying, and part of that is due to the format. These essays are short and often pack a punch, making it a real page turner. In just twelve days I had absorbed the viewpoints of dozens of women and a multitude of experiences. I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for answers, vindication and comfort or simply feeling alone and misunderstood. Read an essay at random or explore a particular set of stories (they're grouped by topic). There's no way you won't find yourself thinking about them or incorporating their hard earned lessons into your outlook on life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vassiki Chauhan

    Narratives from a diverse set of voices are more relevant now than they have ever been, I am really thankful that I read this book when I did. This is a brilliant anthology, because the experiences described in some of the essays were so familiar they seemed to be a part of my own life, and some were so distinct that I could not have appreciated the issues they discuss before reading about them. It was very interesting to be able relate to some essays, and to push the envelope on my understandin Narratives from a diverse set of voices are more relevant now than they have ever been, I am really thankful that I read this book when I did. This is a brilliant anthology, because the experiences described in some of the essays were so familiar they seemed to be a part of my own life, and some were so distinct that I could not have appreciated the issues they discuss before reading about them. It was very interesting to be able relate to some essays, and to push the envelope on my understanding of the world with the help of others.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mercedez Jenkins

    I read this Anthology as a part of Women's History Month at work. I honestly was not expecting to enjoy these short essays/stories as much as I did. As corny and cliche as it sounds, reading these women's experiences made me so proud to be a woman and gave me a bit more insight on what WOC experience daily. I really appreciate these women giving me the opportunity to read and view the many situations women encounter in a different light. I read this Anthology as a part of Women's History Month at work. I honestly was not expecting to enjoy these short essays/stories as much as I did. As corny and cliche as it sounds, reading these women's experiences made me so proud to be a woman and gave me a bit more insight on what WOC experience daily. I really appreciate these women giving me the opportunity to read and view the many situations women encounter in a different light.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    As a woman of color I found great solidarity in this anthology. Each story resonated within and I found greater connection with my community. I would recommend this book to those who want to understand their own identity better; those who want to find connection; and those who feel pieces of their souls are missing. I know that I miss parts of my identity-and this book just helped heal a little more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mo

    i really enjoyed reading these stories ... i’m trying so hard to connect to & understand WOC & these stories were all so personal & special. i have so much work to do, but this took me in the right direction. highly recommend. searching for all of their other works ...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shanyha

    This lovely novel came as such a surprise to me,when first looking at the cover I didn't expect the book to peak my interest but after a few days I found myself never wanting to put it down.If you're one for strong women of color this will be a very enjoyable read for you. This lovely novel came as such a surprise to me,when first looking at the cover I didn't expect the book to peak my interest but after a few days I found myself never wanting to put it down.If you're one for strong women of color this will be a very enjoyable read for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Loved this book! Wonderfully diverse in style, theme and message. Great information about each author/woman follows each piece. Found new books to read and people to "get to know". Highly recommend this book to every woman. Loved this book! Wonderfully diverse in style, theme and message. Great information about each author/woman follows each piece. Found new books to read and people to "get to know". Highly recommend this book to every woman.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rue Reads

    Picked around and read a few wonderful stories. Always love a collection of different narratives and voices.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krutika Puranik

    All the women in my family sing. . . A huge thank you to @nothingbutthetruthpublishing for giving this review copy. I’m grateful. . . There are too many hateful and hurtful things in this world and this book speaks about all things unfair and also outstanding friendship that women have carried on their shoulders over the years. The editor Deborah has done a splendid job in putting this piece together. It’s divided into sections to keep the readers hassle free and also convenient. My interest in this All the women in my family sing. . . A huge thank you to @nothingbutthetruthpublishing for giving this review copy. I’m grateful. . . There are too many hateful and hurtful things in this world and this book speaks about all things unfair and also outstanding friendship that women have carried on their shoulders over the years. The editor Deborah has done a splendid job in putting this piece together. It’s divided into sections to keep the readers hassle free and also convenient. My interest in this wonderful book did not waver till the very last page because it speaks of truth, equality, pain, ugliness in the world and also the incredible journey of strong women. . . This book is a collection of numerous essays, short stories and even prose depicting the struggle of women of colour, all across the world had to endure while they fought shoulder to shoulder against the injustice. Even the tiniest words said, leave an impact on our minds and affects us all. The hateful things that people do and say to each other, changes the victim entirely for the rest of their lives. And then there are stories of courage, hope and survival. Be it from a disease, the law or just living. This is a marvellous book that every human should read or possess. . . This is the kind of book that needs to be passed down to generations, so that they can witness the truth and struggles of women of colour. It broke my heart into pieces with stories of pain and then helped me heal with stories of hope. . . I would rate this book 5/5.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Dean

    A compelling collection of intensely real lived experiences. These essays were quite short, many fewer than 3 pages each. I appreciated the windows that these authors presented. I have never felt quite so curious about how someone goes about choosing a single snapshot or snapshots of life to reveal. The writers' choice of topic itself was as revealing as anything they told of in the essay. A compelling collection of intensely real lived experiences. These essays were quite short, many fewer than 3 pages each. I appreciated the windows that these authors presented. I have never felt quite so curious about how someone goes about choosing a single snapshot or snapshots of life to reveal. The writers' choice of topic itself was as revealing as anything they told of in the essay.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Otero

    How wonderful to read the words of women. Women with all sorts of different lives and from different places. I felt like I was getting to know many different friends. This took me longer to read than I anticipated because I had to do a lot of digesting in between essays. I would definitely recommend.

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