Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

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$25.99  $24.17
Publisher
Amistad Press
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Pages
304
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.82 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062915795

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About the Author

Deborah G. Plant is an African American and Africana Studies Independent Scholar, Writer, and Literary Critic specializing in the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. She is editor of the New York Times bestseller Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston and the author of Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times, a philosophical biography. She is also editor of The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, and the author of Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit and Every Tub Must Sit On Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston. She holds MA and Ph. D. degrees in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Plant played an instrumental role in founding the University of South Florida's Department of Africana Studies, where she chaired the department for five years. She presently resides in Florida.

Reviews

"Fans and scholars of Hurston's work and the uninitiated alike will find many delights in these complex, thoughtful and wickedly funny portraits of black lives and communities... [Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick] is a significant testament to the enduring resonance of black women's writing."--Washington Post
"With biting wit, Hurston gets to the heart of the human condition. . . her rediscovered stories will electrify."--Booklist, starred review
"An illuminating and delightful study of a canonical writer finding her rhythm."--Publishers Weekly
"These narratives comprise a rich tapestry of Hurston's matchless vision and talent."--BookPage
"A reminder of why literature is so important. . .These short stories capture the essence of the African American life at the time, and offer a glimpse into how she became one of the more influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance."--Cultured Vultures
"Read, and you'll almost wish you were slumped on a wooden chair on Jim's porch on a hot summer day. Read, because authenticity oozes from every page here and you can't help but like the men and women in the tales. Read, as author Zora Neale Hurston's wit shines between biting narrations and comments. . ."--Miami Times
"Decades on, this new collection is a powerful reminder of her lasting resonance."--Time magazine
"Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick helps illuminate Hurston's path to iconic status...Add [Hurston's] matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms."--New York Times Book Review