Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife

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Carleen Brice
Beacon Press, 2003 - Self-Help - 233 pages
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Forty-five black women writers—known and new—discuss midlife in the first anthology of its kindFinally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes “midlife” from a black woman’s point of view. Age Ain’t Nothingbut a Number ranges over every aspect of black women’s lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness,spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other topics. Midlife today isn’t your grandmother’s “change of life.” Today, black women call hot flashes “power surges,” and menopause, the “pause that refreshes.” These days, middle-aged women may be newlyweds or new mothers, aswell as grandmothers or widows. They may experience the empty-nest syndrome and then the “return-to-the-nest syndrome” as adult children move back home. They may navigate the field of Internet dating, travel the world,teach homeless women, take up pottery, or study international business.This anthology captures all of these aspects of midlife as experienced by some of the finest voices in African-American writing today. Featuringthe work of Maya Angelou, J. California Cooper, Pearl Cleage, Nikki Giovanni, Susan L. Taylor, Alice Walker, and dozens of others, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number will make readers think, laugh, and cry and will be the perfect giftbook for spring.Carleen Brice is the author of Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color (Beacon / 2811-8 / $12.00 pb), which was a Blackboard Bestseller, and Lead Me Home: An African American Guide Through the Grief Journey, andwas a contributing editor for R.I.P.: The Complete Book of Death and Dying. She has written for various publications, including Mademoiselle,the Chicago Tribune, and BET.com, and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Age ain't nothing but a number: Black women explore midlife

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In this anthology of essays, plus some fiction and poetry, 41 African American women share their sometimes humorous and sometimes painful experiences with middle age. Divided into four sections-"A ... Read full review

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One of the best short story collections ever! Selections by all my favorites: Maya Angelou, California Cooper, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker and the inimitable Carleen Brice. Read full review

Contents

GLORIA WADE GAYLES Who Says an Older Woman
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NIKKI GIOVANNI Age
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JACKIE WARRENMOORE Unlocking Midlife
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Carleen Brice is the author of Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color, which was a Blackboard Bestseller, and Lead Me Home: An African American Guide Through the Grief Journey, and was a contributing editor for R.I.P.: The Complete Book of Death and Dying. She has written for various publications, including Mademoiselle, the Chicago Tribune, and BET.com, and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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