Wash Day Diaries (2022)


Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters’ everyday lives and how they care for each other.

From: Chronicle Books

Notes on This Title

This title focuses on a group of four friends – Kim, Nisha, Davene, and Cookie – who are Black women. Davene is shown dealing with depression, while Kim is shown contending with a possessive ex. Cookie is queer and Dominican, and is shown interacting with her grandmother, who we are told has behaved in a homophobic manner in the past.


2022 ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table Best Graphic Novels for Adults
2023 Alex Award Winner
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner


Starred Review: “This subtle but heartwarming homage to friendship, feminism, and reconciliation sings.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

“I highly suggest checking out “Wash Day Diaries”. It’s a quick read that has a lot of heart, and I am very interested in seeing what Jamila Rowser does next.” (Source: The Library Ladies)

Wash Day Diaries is a wonderful read if you are forever thirsting for stories about Black women or looking for a reminder that self-care doesn’t have more than spending some time with yourself and people that you love.” (Source: Smart Bitches Trashy Books)


The Mary Sue: “Jamila Rowser & Robyn Smith Talk Hair, Art, & Inspiration in ‘Wash Day Diaries’

Publishers Weekly: “Radically Mundane: PW Talks with Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith

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