I have MAJOR author crushes.
I could run into a celebrity and be like “meh” but an author whose book I devoured I would (and have) totally DORK OUT on.
This was why I was genuinely AFRAID to go to Books and Books and hear Dani McClain speak- because I wanted to HUG her and tell her to be my best friend forever.
By the time she came to speak with her guest speaker- powerhouse Miami midwife Jamarah Amani, who she featured- about her book “We Live for the We”, I was halfway done with her book and fullway in love with how this woman is showing up in the world. She is a new mom and talks about how to balance her dedication to social justice and the betterment of the world with raising her little one. She also talks about how hard it is to feel a sense of “tribe” when the family you choose is geographically far from the family you were born into. I am WAY oversimplifying this book but there is so much meat to it to really get into all of it. So much goodness. She touches upon so many issues I am sure many of us have our hearts and minds focused on- BIG PICTURE things that matter to the health of the entire world right now.
She invited Miami midwife, Jamarah Amani, to speak with her at Books and Books. Jamarah is so eloquent and strong. It’s hard not to fall in love with her too. She is a powerhouse in the social justice arena and she is dedicated to educating her community. She exudes equal parts nurturing mother and fierce warrior woman- you want to hug her and go off to battle with her. Midwives are a special kind of hero to me. The fact that they understand and make it their life’s work to help usher in souls into this world with so much peace and love is something I honor so SO much.
“We Live for the We” is a beautiful book that will leave you hopeful for the future, knowing there are people like Dani McClain out there, fighting for what’s good. In the last paragraph of the book she writes,
“I aspire to grow my imagination and to strengthen my optimism. I think being a mother and developing these skills alongside my chid can help. In these pages I have mentioned my desire to find a place where I could flee with my daughter, a place that will allow her to flourish into her full potential as a black girl. I know that no such perfect place exists. Its not something to find but something to create. I hope this book will contribute to the many thriving conversations about how to do this and that those of us learning how to mother maroons find each other and learn together.”
To learn more about the book, click on the cover image below: