Author: Kimberly Drew


Audacious Book Club Book Reviews

March 29, 2021 Uncategorized 8 ★★★★

I’ve been enjoying Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club author discussions a lot. However, it’s led me to read books outside my comfort zone, which are harder to review. Roxane Gay’s brilliant discussions with the authors have only made me feel less competent to discuss these books properly. I am going to attempt some reviews, however, both because I think these are fascinating books that deserve to be discussed and because I’m finding it easier to parse my own thoughts after letting some time pass.

Audacious Book Club Book ReviewsTitle: Black Futures
Author: Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham
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This collection of forward-looking, introspective work by Black creatives is the only nonfiction the book club has read so far. It’s also the book closest to something I’d have picked up on my own. With the large pages and full-color images, it felt a little too much like a coffee table book to make my list. I’ve found that many coffee-table books don’t have enough text to hold my interest. They’re also often awkward to read because they’re so large. This book only suffered from the second of those problems. At 500+ pages, it was a real handful! The contents were incredible though. I felt like I was walking though a museum with a knowledgeable curator. The book was divided into thematic sections, with different artworks and essays building on one another to make me think more deeply on a given topic. Each entry was then linked to two or three other entries, often from other sections. This cross-talk added even more depth, bringing together ideas I’d only ever considered separately, if at all. This is one of those special books that can make you see the world in a new way and reading it was a unique, enjoyable experience. Read more »