Monday, January 20, 2014

Recommend A... Book that Made You Feel the Feels

Created by Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit and currently hosted by Vy of Vy's Blog, Recommend A... is a weekly meme in which bloggers recommend a book based on a specific prompt.

This week's prompt:
Recommend A... 
Book that Made You Feel the Feels

Release: June 30, 1983 by Penguin Books
In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak inner-city sanctuary, creating a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and openhearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects—a common prison and a shared home. Naylor renders both loving and painful human experiences with simple eloquence and uncommon intuition. Her remarkable sense of community and history makes The Women of Brewster Place a contemporary classic-a touching and unforgettable read.
When I first started this blog, I decided I would only talk about modern young adult fiction. I would not even feature contemporary classics. YA is what I read the most of and what I blog about.

However, influenced by a strong "it is my blog and I will do what I want" moment, I decided to break my self-imposed rule just once because I could not imagine featuring any other novel for this prompt. Before reading The Women of Brewster Place, I did not truly understand what other bloggers meant when they talked about getting "all the feels." After reading it, I understood. The Women of Brewster Place is heartbreaking, bittersweet, hopeful, and utterly absorbing despite the differences between my life and the characters' lives. Never before had a book made me feel so many things, and these women's stories will stay with me for many years to come.


  1. I have never heard of this before, but it sounds really good. I will definitely have to add this to my wish list! :) Thanks for the recommendation.

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

  2. Love this meme because I get to find out about new books. This sounds so good! Thanks for the rec :)

  3. Oh man. If this gave you feels, I'll definitely check it out. I love the cover and synopsis (yay diversity!) and I've never heard of this meme. I'm glad you participated :)


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