Praise for All the Women in My Family Sing

"A vital, illuminating, and inspiring collection."

- June Sawyer, Booklist


"These perfectly chosen, Woman Words are a healing gift from new sistahs, now my family, for whom I will fight, with whom I will stand and because of whom, I will build.”

- Alfre Woodard, Actor, Activist

“In this beautifully composed chorus of sixty-nine voices, Deborah Santana has given us a fascinating and compelling anthology of essays by women of color. Each of these brief, poignant pieces illuminates one woman’s negotiation between her aspirations and the forces that would constrict her dreams. The contributors write prophetically of their struggles and triumphs in the early years of the twenty-first century, challenging the reader with their revelations. All the Women in My Family Sing is essential reading.”

- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University


“This mosaic of women's voices inspires, heals, and offers hope in dark times. A memorable collection that will make your heart sing.”

-Ruth Behar, author of Lucky Broken Girl


"Santana has compiled a truly beautiful array of voices here, with hope being the common note they all hit and sustain. This is an accessible, teachable and cherishable collection.”

— Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and founder of ScholarMatch and Voice of Witness


“Whether the words pour forth like Jazz or salsa, indie rock or R&B, indigenous drums, kotos, maracas, or the sheng, they all ring out in stories of ancestry, forgiveness, struggle and victory.  It is an eclectic collection where you may hear both new and familiar songs which seem to reflect. Lucille Clifton’s request that we “celebrate” with her the fact that each woman writer has survived, indeed flourished through rivers bridged, mountains climbed or oceans navigated despite hurricane storms.”

- devorah major,  poet/novelist/essayist, San Francisco 3rd Poet Laureate


All The Women in My Family Sing is a bold, evocative anthology that cannot be read without engaging your full heart. The essays about identity, family, love, acceptance, and fear are a testament to the times, unrelenting in their examination of personal and global pain. There's triumph here and the resilience specific to the female spirit.”

- Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Author of The Dying Ground and The Last King, Writer/Producer of The Good Wife and Justified




“The voices of women leading and stirring and instigating lasting magic towards a more just, peaceful and sustainable world remind us that there is hope even when we feel most disheartened… a symphony for troubled times!”

- Kavita N Ramdas, feminist philanthropist activist, Principal at KNR Sisters & Strategy Advisor, MADRE 


“The voices in All the Women in My Family Sing intermingle to produce a harmony of moving experiences that taps into the  rhythm of our collective desires for a more compassionate world.”

- Nancy Wilson, Jazz Singer; three-time Grammy Award-winner


“A revolutionary primer for all us well-meaning white folks who haven't a clue about what it's like to be a woman of color.”

- Susan Gabriel, Author of Trueluck Summer


All the Women in My Family Sing encompasses everything that is important about women of color -- our diversity, sacrifice, crusade for equality, and the impact we have made on the lives of others.”

-Jenny Bach, California Democratic Party Secretary


"This moving anthology of essays by women of color illuminates the struggles, traditions, and life views of women at the dawn of the 21st century. The 69 authors grapple with identity, belonging, self-esteem, and sexuality, among other topics."

--Publishers Weekly


“All the Women in my Family Sing is a very thoughtful, well-curated collection of personal essays written by women of color, spanning a variety of themes and experiences. It shares stories that spark a conversation about the human experience, rather than just bringing tales about what it’s like to struggle as a woman of color.”

- Lenna Stites, City Book Review (for SF, Manhattan and Seattle)


“In all these fierce and anthemic pieces we see the true face of womanhood, in all its colors.”

- Farai Chidea, author of books including The Color of Our Future and The Episodic Career


“Impassioned writers bearing witness to survival, creativity, and hope.”