Here at NAOMI NOMI, we think of ourselves as a coming of age brand. We want to be constantly learning more, and unlearning that which we always assumed. Without it, ‘growing up’ is just a clock running 'round.
In an effort to support each of your learning and unlearning, and ours as well, we’ve partnered with the New York-based bookstore, McNally Jackson, to encourage the purchase of important texts by some of the black female authors we admire most.
The first 200 people who purchase one of the books below from McNally Jackson's website will receive our limited edition silk Confetti Bookmark as a thank you for your commitment to growth. What’s more, 30% of the proceeds on this purchase will go to the Equal Justice Initiative to fund their important and necessary work.
About the Bookmark
Think of it like one of our beloved silk scarves...in mini form. Made from our sumptuous silk twill, each bookmark is digitally printed with complete front to back color saturation and finished with a hand rolled hem.
Are you the kind of reader who likes to match? Cool. Take a look at our Confetti Kercheif that's been doing double duty as a mask all summer long.
The Books, The Writers...
Browse the selected works of six disruptive black female authors below
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Weaving together multiple strands and generations of the Vignes twin sisters, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing. Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. Spending over 250 on the New York Times Bestseller’s list, Alexander makes the unforgettable argument that,”we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it”. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; and has been the winner of numerous prizes, including the prestigious NAACP Image Award.
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby's new life. Wow, No Thank You. is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.
Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis
A powerful study of the women's liberation movement in the U.S., from abolitionist days to the present, that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders. Authored by the widely revered and legendary political activist and scholar who’s still doing the work, Angela Davis.
Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?
About McNally Jackson
Founded by Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson serves NoLita, Williamsburg, the Southstreet Seaport, and Citypoint as New York’s premier independent, women-owned bookstore. Strong proponents for pairing a hot coffee with a great novel, we’ve been fans of their literary taste for years.
About Hannah La Follette Ryan
This campaign was brilliantly shot by Brooklyn-based photographer, Hannah La Follette Ryan. Otherwise known by her famous alias, @subwayhands, on Instagram, La Follette Ryan is a master in capturing the quiet moments of New Yorkers.