A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received. Editions. Zami. Paperback Zami . This is Audre Lorde’s story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength. Complete summary of Audre Lorde’s Zami. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Zami.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I did not know this was a book about love. Lists with This Book. Audre Lorde is that cool!

A friend warned me that it was amazing until she leaves college in the book, and after that, it’s a bit azmi and circular.

I love Audre Lorde.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget her mother, or Gennie, or Muriel, or Afrikete, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the strength of this female, black, legally blind, natural-haired, lesbian poet in the face of a society in which none of that was accepted, or the way she speaks about sisterhood, or identity, or being an outsider. The book ends on a homage zmai Audre’s mother.

In the second half, she’s a teenager finding herself and grappling llrde her sexuality, she travels to Mexico, she has many failed relationships and she becomes stronger. Mother Audre has the most gorgeous writing style.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Well, Audre Lorde is officially my current obsession, and I am going to determinedly work through everything of hers I can get my hands on. At the same time, she also goes out with Peter, a white boy who jilts her on New Year’s Eve – she is pregnant and decides on an abortion. So the women didn’t. Return to Book Page. I cannot in any kind of fait I did not know this was a book about love. Nov 08, Mehrsa rated it it was amazing. Jun 21, mark monday rated it really liked it Shelves: During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements.


Sometimes I found lirde descriptions of everything around her beautiful, sometimes tedious.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

And Audre eventually developed the cancer that killed her at Back in NYC, Audre explores the lesbian bar scene, moves in with lover Muriel, then another lesbian, Lynn, moves in with them and ends up leaving without warning and with their savings.

Feb 12, Holly Dunn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles to be expanded from June All articles to be expanded Articles using small message boxes. Very easy five star rating. The genius of this book is following Lorde as she learns how to love herself and others in a world that works zamj, very hard to make her feel ugly and unloved.

It’s sort of like how as you get to know people and share stories, sometimes stories repeat themselves because that’s just how it happens. Her thick, rich, textured detail brought time and place alive, and I was there in the room with her, from New York to Mexico, and back again.


Revolutionary, even now and maybe especially now. May 22, Amelia Laing rated it it was amazing. I reread her “biomythography” after Lorde died in but hadn’t opened it since, though it had a permanent place on my bookshelves.

These are not from this book, but I share them anyway: I really wish I could teach this one day, but because I don’t live in some sort of fantasy utopia I have to recognize that no PTA would ever leave me lrde for choosing a llrde that talks so candidly and so beautifully about homosexuality, abortions, and loving blackness.

Her two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen, are very close, but are rarely mentioned in Zami and Lorde spends little time with them. Languages Italiano Edit links. View all 10 comments. Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization.

Lorde was State Poet of New York from to Nov 01, Vincent Scarpa rated it it was ok. From high school Audre moves on to life on her own, outside her mother’s reach but incorporating all her mother’s resourcefulness and determination.

As the great Joy Behar says, “Who cares? I don’t think her perspective is as unique as sh I clearly stand alone in thinking this, and that’s fine, but parts of this book were torture for me to get through.