Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure
Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure, by Elaine Lee, editor, is the first travel book by and for African American women. Its an anthology of 52 riveting traveler’s tales by writers such as Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Audre Lorde, Jill Nelson, Alice Walker and Pearl Cleage. It also includes a planning guide and resource guide. The publisher is Ugogurl Productions and it was published in 1997.
“First there was the Green Book, then there was Go Girl, the first black travel guide of the modern era. Elaine Lee is a legend who continues to inspire. The New Black Travel Movement owes everything to her and her work. “
–Faith Adiele, award-winning author of Meeting Faith; founder of VONA Travel Writing; Senior Editor, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel
In July 2020, Oprah Magazine designated “Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure” as on the “26 Best Travel Books That Will Take You All Around the World With No Plane Ticket Required and one of the best travel books of all times.
1. Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure is the first travel book by and for African American women.
2. Anthologies: Elaine contributed stories to the following anthologies:
- “Beyond L.A. Law: Breaking the Traditional Lawyer Mold”, compiled by Janet Smith and published by Harcourt Brace in 1998,
- “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife”, edited by Carleen Brice for Beacon Press in 2003,
- “Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs,” edited by Vicki Ward for Nubian Images Publishing in 2005.
- “Black Travel Writing”, edited by R. Victoria Arana for Sonia Sanchez Literary Review in 2003
- “Studies in Travel Writing,” edited by Tim Young for White Horse Press, United Kingdom, 2006″
- “Savvy, Sassy and Bold After 50! A Midlife Rebirth” edited by Vicki Ward for Nubian Publishing, 2010.
3. Contributions: Elaine has contributed quotes, interviews, photos and/or information for the following books:
- “The Single Girl’s Manifesta” by Jerusha Stewart for Sourcebooks Press, 2005
- “House Poor” by June Fletcher for Harper-CollinsBooks, 2005
- “Anti 9-5 Guide” by Michelle Goodman for Seal Press, 2007
- “Blacks in Oakland: Images of an Artist ” by Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville for Arcadia Press, 2007
- Black Travel: The Anthology by Griot Republic 2015