Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women

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Patricia Bell-Scott
W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - Literary Collections - 429 pages
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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 Among the contributors are well-known writers as well as emerging and previously unpublished writers.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.
 

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A moving, eloquent assortment of personal writings from the diaries of contemporary black women, collected by Bell-Scott (coeditor: Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, 1991 ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword MARCIA ANN OILLEBPIE
13
PART
21
PART
29
Fire and Snow DEBORAH E MCOOWELL
54
Weeds auo VAOIB OEXBREAUX
63
SEARCHING FOR SELF
77
A Hair Piece paulette m calowell
142
PART THREE
149
PART
273
The Years
281
A Small Place JAMAICA KINCAIO
300
Murders BARBARA SMITH
315
On Turning Fifty JUOY BCALB8TRBNT
341
On Going Home DEBORAH MCOOWELL
350
Ubud Bali ALICE WALKER
361
Contributors
415

PART FOUR
189
Relationship
220
PART FIVE
239
Credits
427
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Patricia Bell-Scott is co-editor of the best-selling Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, which earned the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize. She is also co-founding editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women and teaches at the University of Georgia.

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