Far Away from Close to Home: Essays

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Three Rooms Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author
Vanessa Baden Kelly is an Emmy winning actress, Emmy nominated writer, and producer. She began her career as a child, starring on Nickelodeon's Gullah Gullah Island and Kenan and Kel. After departing entertainment, she began organizing in college, co-founding the Student Coalition for Justice (later the base for the Dream Defenders) and continued working in the field. To date, she has led campaigns for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Community Coalition South LA, and various political campaigns including Obama for America '08 and the Ndoum Presidential Campaign in Accra, Ghana. Additionally, she is an Ambassador for the RuJohn Foundation. Upon her return to Hollywood, Vanessa has become a successful television writer and producer, writing for shows such as TNT's Animal Kingdom and Mindy Kaling's HBO Max series Sex Lives of College Girls. Vanessa originated the role of Journee as writer/star of the Issa Rae digital series Giants, where she is 4 times Emmy nominated and one time Emmy winning for Best Actress in a Digital Drama. Vanessa is mother to a human son, Ryder, and a dog son named Dude.
"Vanessa's stories are so vivid and relatable. Her writing is like Vanessa herself; funny, charming and brave." --Mindy Kaling, actress, writer, producer, director

***New York Times' NEW AND NOTEWORTHY*** "Kelly's contemplative personal essays draw on current events and cultural criticism to explore the meaning of 'home' for Black people." --New York Times

"The keen insight and vulnerability of [Vanessa Baden Kelly's] writing proves her courage extends into her adult life and she will continue to be one of the great voices of her generation." --Ben Crump, Civil Rights Attorney

"Deftly crafted, eloquent, thoughtful and thought-provoking commentaries replete with wit, wisdom, and experience, Far Away from Close to Home: Essays is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college and university library African-American Studies collections."
--Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Bookwatch "Far Away From Close to Home: A Black Millennial Woman in Progress reveals issues that many of us experience as a Black woman living in America. The book...is a collection of essays, exploring what home means for a Black millennial woman. A simple definition of home is the place Black people in the United States question, is this my home? With the racial uprising of last summer, it kind of made anywhere in America feel unsafe." --Sheen Magazine
"An intimate and perceptive memoir-in-essays . . . Voices raw and usually unspoken truths." --Booklist

"Opened my eyes to the realities of systemic racism prevalent in the United States of America and the effects of gentrification on the lives of the Black people and a first-hand experience in the life of a Black mother during the Black Lives Matter movement." --Mithila Reads

"[A] searching debut . . . Full of heartfelt insight, this is a powerful collection." --Publishers Weekly (featured Social Justice title)

"The essays 'Unreliable Narrator' and 'Joggers' should be used in every writing class and should be required reading for the nation. Now go buy this book." --The Fish Shelf