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Life Notes is the first collection devoted exclusively to writings from the journals, diaries, and personal notebooks of contemporary Black women by the author of the best-selling Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters. In her foreword to this volume Marcia Ann Gillespie writes, "Keeping a journal is an extraordinarily intimate activity, sharing what we write is to allow another to peer through a delicate window where we stand without covers." In this beautiful collection of intensely personal testimonies, 50 courageous writers illuminate the complexities of Black women's lives, offering unique reflections about self, family, intimacy, work, politics, life transitions, violation, and recovery. Among the contributors are well-known writers as well as emerging and previously unpublished writers. A diverse group, they are native daughters from three continents and the Caribbean, the youngest an eight-year-old Nigerian girl and the oldest a sixty-five-year-old retired African American telephone operator.
W. W. Norton & Company
January 01, 1995
5.47 X 8.19 X 1.05 inches | 0.97 pounds
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About the Author
Patricia Bell-Scott, professor emerita at the University of Georgia, wrote the award-winning The Firebrand and the First Lady, an account of Murray's relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt. She is co-editor of the best-selling Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, which earned the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, and is also co-founding editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women.
Intimate, impassioned, often heartbreaking. . . . Reading through it is immensely rewarding--like having an hour-long, tell-all phone conversation with a close friend.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Life Notes is a collection of pieces that are intimate and universal, accessible and profound. Let traditional novelists eat their hearts out--for these women have written their hearts out.--Gloria Steinem
Featured here are works by such well-known authors as bell hooks, Jamaica Kincaid, Rita Dove, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker, as well as by emerging and previously unpublished writers. The contributors are native daughters from three continents and the Caribbean, ranging in age from eight to sixty. Never in all the years have I encountered as intimate work as Life Notes. Each woman spoke secretly to me and only me, and I appreciated every admission.--Maya Angelou