If My Soul Be Lost: A Self Portrait
Dr. Nandi S. Crosby currently works as a Professor of Sociology and Multicultural Studies. If My Soul Be Lost chronicles her experiences growing up in a emotionally troubled home, as the daughter of an addict, as a female correctional officer in a maximum-security prison for men; and it examines her struggles with sex and pregnancy prior to the age of 15. From a feminist perspective, the author discusses how she emerged as a scholar, activist, and writer. As a seasoned African American sociologist from the lower working class, she was able to unabashedly link the politics of sex, race, and power to generate this compelling story, written with the cacophony and verve of written-for-stage poetry.