Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom from Black Barber Shops

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Doubleday, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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In "Crowns" and "The Spirit of Harlem," journalist Craig Marberry took oral history to a new level. Here, in "Cuttin' Up," he presents more pitch-perfect portraits so good you'll feel like you're eavesdropping. "Cuttin' Up" celebrates the laid-back fellowship of men in a barber shop, the place, as Marberry writes, "where we go to be among ourselves, to be ourselves, to unmask."
Crisscrossing the country from Detroit to Orlando, Brooklyn to Houston, Marberry listened in on conversations that covered everything from reminiscences about the first haircut---a sometimes comic rite of passage---to spirited exchanges about women, to serious lessons in black history and current events. His collection of the wit and wisdom of patrons and barbers---including the small but scrappy subset of women barbers and the father of a very famous celebrity---brings together an irresistible and often touching chorus of voices.
Marberry has created a book that sings with the handsome beauty of the oral tradition that is the cornerstone of the black barber shop experience.
A portion of the proceeds from this book support the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at Wake Forest University.

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

The author of Crowns and Spirit of Harlem and Columbia journalist, Craig Marberry, criss-crossed America to find the fellowship of men in barber shops (which almost always spell "barbershop" with two words). Brings the chorus of voices together. High quality production with sepia photographs. Read full review

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Marberry has captured the spirit and heart of the African American culture yet again. He first did in crowns a wonderful tribute the African American women now with this beautiful bow to African ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Craig Marberry, a former TV reporter, is the owner of a video production company and has written articles for The Washington Post and Essence magazine. He live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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