RaveLibrary Journal... an eminently enjoyable collection of Vanity Fair profiles of women by women from the 1980s to the present ... A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much. There are plenty of \'I didn’t know that\' moments in spite of how well known many of these talented women will be to readers.
Eliane Brum, Trans. Diane Grosklaus Whitty
RaveLibrary Journal... readers glimpse the everyday of \'ordinary\' Brazilians ... For Brum, who carefully explains in her introduction that \'a news story means stripping off the clothes of ourselves to don the Other,\' every report is a chance to demonstrate compassion and love for the people who manage to invent a meaningful life from near impossible beginnings ... Beautifully translated from Portuguese by Whitty, these accounts make up an unforgettable compilation documenting the lives of those largely underrepresented in literature. While the stories are specifically Brazilian, the insights they reveal are universal.
MixedLibrary JournalTaylor provides so much background for Hughes and Hurston as individuals that the details of their friendship sometimes get lost. However, one does not need to know much about the pair in order to enjoy this account, which is likely to appeal to their fans who have not read comprehensive biographies of either author.
RaveLibrary JournalBernard\'s honesty and vulnerability reveal a strong voice with no sugarcoating, sharing her struggle, ambivalence, hopes, and fears as an individual within a web of relationships black and white. Highly recommended.