Elaine Lee’s Go Girl 2 compiles stories from adventurous Black women from around the world.

Looking for your next read? Elaine Lee’s Go Girl 2 may just be exactly what you’re looking for.

The sister to women’s travel anthology Go Girl, released in 1997, Go Girl 2 stands out as a celebration of the wanderlust that pulses through the hearts of Black women across the globe. It’s crafted by Elaine Lee, a pioneer in the realm of Black travel writing, and weaves together a rich collection of 54 tales, poems, and photographs that capture the essence of exploration and discovery.

Launching Go Girl 2

Cover of Elaine Lee's Go Girl 2: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure

“There hasn’t been another Black woman’s travel anthology since my first one in 1997,” Elaine explained. “It was about time for an updated version.” With a nod to the changing times, this edition embraces the voices of a new generation of Black travelers and journalists, offering a fresh perspective on the joys and challenges of traversing the world.


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From the icy landscapes of the Arctic to the sun-drenched shores of the Caribbean, and from the bustling streets of Africa to the serene beauty of Australia, Go Girl 2 takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures. Through the lens of luminaries like Lola Akinmade Åkerström and Lebawit Lily Girma, alongside beloved authors Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, the anthology paints a vivid picture of the diverse experiences that await those who dare to wander.

There hasn’t been another Black woman’s travel anthology since my first one in 1997. It was about time for an updated version.

Elaine Lee

A look inside

Promotional photo of Elaine Lee's Go Girl 2: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure

One of the most touching stories within Go Girl 2 chronicles the journey of a couple who, amidst the trials of fertility challenges, find solace and hope in a serendipitous encounter during their vacation in Gambia. Their tale serves as a reminder of the transformative power of travel, turning moments of adversity into opportunities for growth and renewal.

For Elaine Lee, the participation of esteemed contributors like Rue Mapp and Martinique Lewis is a testament to the impact of her pioneering work in the field. “I’m proud that they recognized me as a pioneer and wanted to join in this literary journey,” she shares with humility.


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At its core, Go Girl 2 is a celebration of resilience, empowerment, and the universal spirit of adventure. As readers immerse themselves in its pages, they are invited to embark on their own journey of discovery, inspired by the stories of those who have dared to explore the world beyond their doorstep.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or an armchair adventurer, let Go Girl 2 be your guide to the wonders of the world. For within its pages lies a treasure trove of stories waiting to be discovered, reminding us that the spirit of adventure knows no bounds.

Get your copy of Go Girl 2 here.

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