Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and Without My Dad

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
As a child, Bebe Moore spent her school years in Philadelphia, in a world of women. Surrounded by clouds of Emeraude and Chanel, supported by the strength of her mother, grandmother, aunts, and teachers, she learned by example to mind her p's and q's, to cross her t's and dot her i's. But when summer came, Bebe was sent down South to live with her father -- an extraordinary man who allowed no disability or disadvantage to stop his dreams, and whose powerful presence added a different dimension to his daughter's life. Now, in this acclaimed memoir, the bestselling author of such novels as Brothers and Sisters remembers those sweet summers and shares the bittersweet experience of growing up in 1960s America, finding a place in the world -- and discovering that family may be separated, but it can never be truly divided.

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Bebe Moore Campbell, who suffered an untimely death from brain cancer in 2005, was from my same generation. Thus in reading her heart-warming memoir, I found that many of her memories of growing up ... Read full review

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Describing her childhood in Philadelphia, Campbell gives lie to the stereotypes of black single-parent families. She draws upon her fond memories of a father who was absent but never abandoned her ... Read full review

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Bebe Moore Campbell 1950-2006 Bebe Moore Campbell (b. 1950) is an award-winning author and a journalist. In her 1989 memoir, Sweet Summer: Growing up With and Without My Dad, she recalls living in Philadelphia with her mother during the school year and spending summers with her father in North Carolina. The book has been hailed for its bittersweet remembrances of a dual childhood and life in the South at the merge of the social revolution of the 1960s. Her other nonfiction includes Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage (1986). She has written the novels Your Blues Ain't Like Mine (1992) and Brothers and Sisters (1994). Campbell's interest in mental health prompted here to write her first children's book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, published in September 2003. This book won the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. It tells the story of how a little girl copes with being reared by her mentally ill mother. Ms. Campbell was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a founding member of NAMI-Inglewood. Her book 72 Hour Hold also deals with mental illness. Her first play, "Even with the Madness", debuted in New York in June 2003. Campbell has contributed nonfiction articles to Ms, Working Mother, Ebony, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen, Parents, and Glamour, and is a regular commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She died from complications related to brain cancer on November 27, 2006.

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