As editors of Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World, Darien Hsu Gee and Carla Crujido challenged almost a hundred women of color to bravely share their life experiences with the world in 300 words or less. While a couple hundred words may sound limiting, the authors of these stories are able to make 300 feel like a thousand.

With 131 easy-to-read, individual narratives, this collection of essays offers a new and unique perspective on every page. Framed by personal experiences of strength and exclusion, each of these writers craft honest stories about what it means to be a woman of color in modern America. All these stories examine what it is like to exist in that liminal space between gender and race. Within these stories of pain, the writers also tell the stories of how they were able to find acceptance in themselves and their identities.

Some of the most powerful stories in the collection are the ones that showcase how an America dominated by white men has affected generations of women over the years. Mothers describe how they fear for the day their innocent daughters are met with the harsh reality of the real world. Yet, through their children, these women also find the strength to keep fighting for their futures.

This collection is essential for readers who desire a deeper understanding of intersectionality and womanhood. Through the combined talents of the writers and the strength of their narratives, each essay contributes to a larger overarching story about resistance. As a book, Nonwhite and Woman mirrors the experiences of women of color in America by focusing on a collective community and the fundamental beauty of everyday life.

Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World is now available on Amazon.

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