Best African American Essays 2009
Guest Editor, Debra J. Dickerson(amazon)
Gerald Early (View Bio)
Hardcover: Bantam Books, 2009.
This is the first volume in an annual series in which Series Editor Gerald Early will name a different Guest Editor each year to select that year's best non-fiction witing by black Americans. Debra J. Dickerson, this year's Guest Editor, is the author of An American Story, a memoir, and The End of Blackness.
"Series editor Early and guest editor Dickerson have gathered a vibrant mix of voices…. Early states up front his ecumenical goal: collecting the best essays authored by African-Americans…. Whatever the criteria involved, the book is a solid piece of work gathered from a wide range of publications…. Long-form classics crowd a host of shorter, divergent viewpoints. The effect is something like a loud family dinner with plenty of opinionated relatives who don’t always get along…. A cracking good read, something that all too few essay anthologies manage to be." — Kirkus Reviews