BoxWalla Limited Edition Forgotten Women In America Review
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They recently launched a limited edition “Women in America” box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About This Box
The Subscription Box: BoxWalla Women In America Limited Edition Box
The Cost: $29.95
The Products: Thoughtfully curated literature by prospective Nobel laureates from around the world.
Ships to: US (for free) and international locations
Here’s a note from the box’s curators. I love the context they provide for their selections.
Women Writers Bookmark Set – Retail Value $5.00
These bookmarks are so stylish. I actually plan on including these in the carefully chosen gifts to all of my girlfriends this year. The front of each is illustrated with crisp cleans lines and text and the back has an inspiring quote. I might laminate these to keep them safe before giving. I will be keeping the Charlotte Bronte for myself.
American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings by Zikala-Sa – Retail Value $17.00 (Found here for $13.98)
I cannot wait to give this book more attention. It is such an incredible blend of folklore, real historical accounts, poetry, and speeches. My favorite part so far is her stories of American Indian fables and folklore. These are stories that I have never heard before and she creates such beautiful visuals in her clear bright voice. I was absolutely delighted that stories of Iktomi the Lakota spider- trickster were in this book, as I was familiar with this character. This book is one of those rare volumes that beautifully blends major historical events, lore, and everyday life to create a portrait of an incredible woman who was utterly forward thinking but absolutely grounded in her American Indian heritage.
Book Summary on Amazon:
A thought-provoking collection of searing prose from a Sioux woman that covers race, identity, assimilation, and perceptions of Native American culture
Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today.
Another compilation from an amazing woman I had never heard of! Phyllis was born in West Africa in the 1750s. She was later purchased by the Wheatley family in Boston when she was still a child of around 8 years. The Wheatley children took it upon themselves to teach Phyllis to read several different languages. The family eventually fully invested in an extensive education for Phyllis and one of her poems was published by the time she was 14. This book is a collection of earlier and later poems and letters that beautifully illustrate the depth and imagination of her incredible mind. Because this is a collection of different poems it is easy to enjoy in portions.
Book Summary on Amazon:
The extraordinary writings of Phillis Wheatley, a slave girl turned published poet
In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley. Struck by Phillis’ extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave. After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, Phillis published her first poem in 1767 at the age of 14, winning much public attention and considerable fame. When Boston publishers who doubted its authenticity rejected an initial collection of her poetry, Wheatley sailed to London in 1773 and found a publisher there for Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.
This volume collects both Wheatley’s letters and her poetry: hymns, elegies, translations, philosophical poems, tales, and epyllions–including a poignant plea to the Earl of Dartmouth urging freedom for America and comparing the country’s condition to her own. With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century. The appendices to this edition include poems of Wheatley’s contemporary African-American poets: Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams.
The Verdict: These two books were incredibly thoughtful choices and I look forward to completing them. I have so many girlfriends who will also love these when I finish. I really enjoyed the bookmarks as well, and they will make excellent gifts. Girl power! This box’s value totals $38, which is good compared to the $29.95 cost, including free shipping.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.95 + free shipping, which means that each of the 3 items in the box has an average cost of $9.98.
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