Somebody's Daughter


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From one of the most powerful voices of her generation: the story of a childhood defined by race, poverty and a father in prison

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Ashley C. Ford hosts The Chronicles of Now podcast where she has featured Lisa Taddeo, Curtis Sittenfeld and more. She also co-hosts The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, OUT Magazine, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Allure, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Netflix Queue, Domino, Cup of Jo and various other web and print publications. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Kelly Stacy, who is also a writer and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy.


'Ashley C. Ford's wrenchingly brilliant memoir Somebody's Daughter is truly a classic in the making. Ford's writing is so richly observed and so suffused with love and yearning that I kept forgetting to breathe while reading it.' - John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

'Somebody's Daughter takes the idea of a coming-of-age story and smashes it on its head. A masterpiece of acceptance and exploration, of growth and forgiveness, and - maybe most importantly of all - learning how not to forgive. This is a story of boundaries and looking back on w hat has happened with a kind but understanding eye. Ashley C. Ford's talent is on full display, as is her heart.' - Isaac Fitzgerald, author of How to Be a Pirate

'Ashley C. Ford went deep into the well of herself and her history and came back to the light with the book now in your hands. A piercing interrogation of who we are and who we are to the people laying claim to us, Somebody's Daughter is hard-earned storytelling, yes, but also an opportunity for each of us to illuminate the ties that bind, entangle and connect us to one another.' - Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives

'Ashley C. Ford is not just a beautiful writer, she is a brilliant, thoughtful and compassionate writer. The book is an achingly honest account of a complicated childhood. There is heartache and grief but above all Somebody's Daughter is the portrait of someone determined to love deeply and to love well. Someone determined to honor the person they are meant to be. Someone with the cleareyed courage and kindness to tell their story in service of a greater truth. We are so lucky Ashley chooses to share her wisdom with the world. I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I closed it and neither will you.' - Aminatou Sow, coauthor of Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

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