A whirlwind of a "memoir" -- though really it is a biomythography (biography, mythology, and history all wrapped into one to create the legend of Audre Lorde). To see Audre Lorde live such a radical life through the '30s and into her years in Mexico always reminds me of the many lifetimes we are capable of having. If you want to radicalize your existence, take note!
ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the authors vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lordes work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.Off Our Backs
About the Author
A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.