Baker & Taylor An award-winning journalist describes how her relationship with a prisoner rendered her a heartbroken single mother when he was denied parole and sentenced to deportation, after which she fell into depression and addiction before finding the strength to move on and pursue another love. 40,000 first printing.
“asha bandele has a poignant story to share inSomething Like Beautiful. It is the love that comes through that makes this such a compelling tale.” —Nikki Giovanni
Award-winning journalist, and author ofThe Prisoner’s Wife andDaughter,and performance poet featured onHBO’S Def Poetry Jam, asha bandele once again writes from the heart in her lyrical and intimate memoirSomething Like Beautiful—a moving story of love, loss, motherhood, and survival. Sharing the story of her struggles as a single black mother in New York City and her tragically self-destructive near-breakdown, asha bears her soul in a bookRebecca Walker, author of Baby Love, calls “courageous, profound, and achingly beautiful.”
Blackwell North Amer When Asha Bandele, a young poet, fell in love with a prisoner serving a twenty-to-life sentence and became pregnant with his daughter, she had reason to hope they would live together as a family. Rashid was a model prisoner and expected to be paroled quickly. But soon after Nisa was born, Asha's dreams were shattered. Rashid was denied parole and told he would be deported to his native Guyana once released. Asha became a statistic: a single black mother in New York City. On the outside, Asha kept it together. She had a great job at a high-profile magazine and a beautiful daughter whom she adored. But inside, she was falling apart. She began drinking and smoking and eventually stumbled into another relationship, one that opened new wounds. This honest memoir tells of her descent into depression when her life should have been filled with love and joy. Something Like Beautiful is not only Asha's story, but the story of thousands of women who struggle daily with little help and much against them, and who believe they have no right to acknowledge their pain. Ultimately, drawing inspiration from her daughter, Asha takes account of her life and envisions for herself what she believes is possible for all mothers who thought there was no way out - and then discovered there was.
Baker & Taylor The author describes how her relationship with a prisoner rendered her a single mother when he was denied parole and sentenced to deportation, after which she fell into depression and addiction before finding the strength to move on.