One Book One Bronx
at BronxArtSpace

One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. You’re invited to join as we explore new books throughout the year. The book club meets weekly and is free to join. Free books will be given to the first 15 participants.

Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion
by Natasha Tarpley

Meeting Location
305 East 140th St. Bronx, NY

Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
September 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, & 8
, 2019


From runaway slaves to the Great Migration, black people have uprooted themselves in search of a better life. Yet migration has also meant loss: rootlessness, separation from family, disconnection from ancestors and the past. In this family memoir told in the voices of three generations, poet Natasha Tarpley sets her own migrations in the context of a long line of Americans narratives. Both historical and personal, Girl in the Mirror traces her grandparents’ movements from Alabama to Chicago, her mother’s move to Boston after her father’s death, and her own trip to Africa and back. Tarpley emerges at the end reflected in the lives, struggles, and loves of those black people who have traveled the road before her.

Every week, One Book One Bronx meets to discuss a book that reflects the people of the Bronx. These restorative conversations related to gentrification, social justice, women’s empowerment, criminal justice, and racial inequality reflect the racial, economic, and gender demographics of the borough and build bridges to engagement while (re)sparking a love of literature.