LBB Book Club: Well-Read Black Girl discusses Wayward Lives Beautiful Experiments

Monday, February 26, 2024 - 7:00pm

399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
This book group will be meeting in-store. A virtual option is still available: EMAIL for virtual meeting link.

Join the Well-Read Black Girl for a discussion of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman!

Get Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments for 20% off in-store and online during the months of January and February!


Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism
Winner of the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2020 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography

"Exhilarating…A rich resurrection of a forgotten history." —Parul Sehgal, New York Times


Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Here, for the first time, these women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments recovers these women’s radical aspirations and insurgent desire

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals By Saidiya Hartman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357622
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

Book Group

Book Groups sponsored by Left Bank Books