Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration
by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Publication Date: Feb 01, 2022
List Price: $27.99
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Imprint: Gallery Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
A timely collection of deeply personal, uplifting, and powerful essays that celebrate the redemptive strength of Black joy—in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today.
When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for The Washington Post, she had no idea just how deeply it would resonate. But the outpouring of responses affirmed her own lived experience: that Black joy is not just a weapon of resistance, it is a tool for resilience.
With this book, Tracey aims to gift her community with a collection of lyrical essays about the way joy has evolved, even in the midst of trauma, in her own life. Detailing these instances of joy in the context of Black culture allows us to recognize the power of Black joy as a resource to draw upon, and to challenge the one-note narratives of Black life as solely comprised of trauma and hardship.
Black Joy is a collection that will recharge you. It is the kind of book that is passed between friends and offers both challenge and comfort at the end of a long day. It is an answer for anyone who needs confirmation that they are not alone and a brave place to quiet their mind and heal their soul.
“Black Joy is a glorious gift to Black folks. Intimate, engrossing, and deeply resonant, Lewis-Giggetts’ essays form a loving blueprint for healing and nourishing our minds and our spirits. An essential read for all of us who are trying to get free.” —Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Finalist, National Book Awards 2020 for Fiction
“Black Joy is a necessary testimony on the magic and beauty of our capacity to live and love fully and out loud.” —Kerry Washington
“Evocative, honest and beautifully written, Black Joy is a balm to the soul.” —Bernice L. McFadden, author of Sugar