Chasing Utopia by Nikki Giovanni
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013
Reviewed by Melanie Cornejo
Beyond poignant, Nikki Giovanni’s Chasing Utopia is delicious. It is a perfectly plated meal for its consumer to devour and savor simultaneously. Giovanni opens a window for her readers to see into her memories, her recipes, her fears. She is able to open the world for us – invites us to see expanse of beauty and pain beside her. Maybe she’s able to execute this so well because, as she says:
but then I don’t
Ask anyone’s permission
You can’t mistake Giovanni’s voice for anyone else’s – it’s entirely hers and, after your first taste of Chasing Utopia, you’ll start calling her your friend.