Something Like Beautiful (Paperback)

One Single Mother's Story

By asha bandele

Harper Perennial, 9780061710391, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 19, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (2/1/2009)

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Description

“asha bandele has a poignant story to share in Something Like Beautiful. It is the love that comes through that makes this such a compelling tale.”
—Nikki Giovanni

 

Award-winning journalist, and author of The Prisoner’s Wife and Daughter, and performance poet featured on HBO’S Def Poetry Jam, asha bandele once again writes from the heart in her lyrical and intimate memoir Something Like Beautiful—a moving story of love, loss, motherhood, and survival. Sharing the story of her struggles as a single black mother in New York City and her tragically self-destructive near-breakdown, asha bears her soul in a book Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love, calls “courageous, profound, and achingly beautiful.”



About the Author

A former features editor for Essence magazine, asha bandele is the author of two collections of poems, the award-wining memoir The Prisoner’s Wife, and the novel Daughter. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.



Praise For Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother's Story

“Once again asha bandele has a poignant story to share in Something Like Beautiful. It is the love that comes through that makes this such a compelling tale.”
— Nikki Giovanni, poet

“We should all be blessed with the intellect and insight bandele brings to motherhood—the struggles, the joys, the fears, and the hope. Indeed, this is a fine portrait of what it means to be a single mom—a mom, period—in America.”
— Denene Millner, Reality Check columnist, Parenting magazine

Praise for THE PRISONER’S WIFE: “[bandele’s] writing soars with emotion. And the reader’s emotions soar as well, not because of shared experience but because her highly polished and skillful writing makes one feel her pain and joy.”
— Booklist (starred review)

Praise for THE PRISONER’S WIFE: “Haunting, intense, emotional... mesmerizing and disconcerting, offering insights into why caged birds sing.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Praise for THE PRISONER’S WIFE: “asha bandele tells the story of a love that flourishes in the constricted space between freedom and captivity. This is a powerul and provocative book-- everyone should read it.”
— Angela Y. Davis

Praise for THE PRISONER’S WIFE: “The Prisoner’s Wife echoes Edwidge Danticat’s Farming of the Bones in the urgency in which it reminds us of the possibility of love even amidst the ruins. This is a terrifying, heart-breaking and, ultimately, important book.”
— Junot Diaz