Mouths of Rain: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought

New Pr. Feb. 2021. 224p. ed. by Briona Simone Jones. ISBN 9781620975763. pap. $22.99. SOC SCI
A much-needed addition to social science and philosophy shelves everywhere, Mouths of Rain is a beautiful compilation of Black lesbian thought over the past 200 years. Editor Jones, a Black lesbian feminist of Jamaican and African American descent, also highlights women who have shared intimate relationships with other women. Featured are the writings of Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and Pauli Murray along with others, such as Barbara Smith and Bettina Love, whose writings deserve more attention. Including poetry, essays, and short stories on each topic, the book allows readers to connect to women’s inner and outer truths—their desires, realities, hopes for the future, and immediate needs. Most important, the flow of the book will propel people to read further, learn more, and delve deeply into the subject matter in the hope that all can gain more understanding. This groundbreaking anthology resonates with studies, tales, and songs that have been ignored for far too long.
VERDICT It’s time people listen to Black lesbians and utilize that knowledge into action to improve lives. This book is a gateway into that action. An essential component to any social science shelf, this is transformative, vital reading.
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