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(19th) NINETEENTH CENTURY
|Sojourner Truth: A Life A Symbol|
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES / BIOGRAPHIESCharlotte L. Forten, The Journal of Charlotte L. Forten
(Norton 1981 Pb, $8.50)
Gerda Lerner, The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina
(Oxford UP 1998 Pb, $12.50)
Jacqueline Bernard, Journey Toward Freedom:
(Feminist Press at CUNY 1993 Pb $9)
WOMEN NOVELISTSHarriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
(Harvest/HBJ 1973 Pb, $6.50)
(Random House 1983 [orig. published in 1859] Pb, $7.99)
NRB Note . . .
Harriet Wilson's novel, Our Nig, is an autobiographical account of Frado, a mulatto girl held in indentured servitude in Massachusetts and Rhode Island by a White family, the Bellmonts. After breaking free from the harsh abuse of Mrs. Bellmont and her daughter, Frado later marries Samuel, a scheming preacher who abandons Frado when she becomes pregnant. Left in poverty, Frado gives up her son to a foster home. At the end of the novel, Harriet Wilson lifts the veil of fiction and appeals directly to readers, asking them to buy her novel so that she can earn royalties and regain custody of her son. Our Nig, originally published in 1859, reflects determination for individual liberty, dignity, and strong mother love, themes that remain prevalent in the contemporary fiction of Black women.
(20th) TWENTIETH CENTURY
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / BIOGRAPHY - ANTHOLOGIES
Rebecca Carroll, Sugar in the Raw (Clarkson Potter 1997 Pb $6) SOLD
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES / BIOGRAPHIES
Gather Together In My Name (Bantam 1975 MM $5)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Heart of a Woman (Random House 1997 Hb $10.50)
NRB Note . . .
|Maya Angelou / NRB (C) 2009|
In her segment of "Master Class" on the Oprah Winfrey Network, poet and author Maya Angelou declares, "love is liberating." We do not show love by trying to bind people to us but by giving them away, allowing them their own voice and freedom, she says. For more than four decades, Ms. Angelou has shown her love for humanity by giving herself away to her readers, in moving and enlightening autobiographies, phenomenal poetry, prose and affecting performances, in the style and grace of her Black womanhood.
Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
(Washington Square Press 1995 Pb $11)
Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power (Pantheon 1993 Hb $13) SOLD
Gail Horne Buckley, The Hornes: An American Family
(Knopf 1986 Hb, $18)
James Comer, Maggie's American Dream (Plume 1989 Pb, $9)
Angela Davis, Angela Davis: An Autobiography SOLD
(Intnl Publ 1989 Pb, $12.50)
Charity Adams Earley, One Woman's Army: A Black Officer
Remembers the WAC
(Texas A$M University Press 1989 HB $18)
Anita Hill, Speaking Truth to Power (Anchor 1998 Pb, $8) SOLD
Zora Neale Hurston
Dust Tracks on a Road (U of Ill Press, 1985 Pb, $10.50)
I Love Myself When I Am Laughing...And Then Again
When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive
Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Balm in Gilead
(Addison-Wesley 1989 Pb, $8.99)
Pauli Murray, Song in a Weary Throat:
An American Pilgrimage (Harper Collins 1987 First Ed. Hb, $15) SOLD
Jill Nelson, Volunteer Slavery (Noble Press 1993 Hb, $9.50) SOLD
Mary Beth Rogers, Barbara Jordan: American Hero
(Bantam 1998 Hb $12)
Madam C.J. Walker
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times
of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles
(Scribner 2001 HB $15)
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Watch Me Fly: What I Learned
on the Way to Becoming the Woman I was
Meant to Be (Little Brown 1999 Hb $11)