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Big Mama Stories [Copertina flessibile]

Shay Youngblood

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13 marzo 2013
Big Mama Stories is set in the South in the 1960's. Daughter, whose mother died when she was very young, is raised by the women in her community, some blood related, some not. At the age of twelve, she begins her journey to womanhood, guided by these diverse, non-traditional, older Black women. Daughter reflects on her vivid memories of growing up, recalling rituals, faith healings, storytelling and lessons she learned about survival.

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Georgia-born writer Shay Youngblood is author of the novels Soul Kiss, Winter Prophet, and Black Power Barbie. Her plays, Amazing Grace, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, and Talking Bones (Dramatic Publishing Company), have been widely produced. Her other plays include Flying Blind, Square Blues and Communism Killed My Dog. An Edward Albee honoree, and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, several NAACP Theater Awards, and an Astraea Writers' Award for fiction, Ms. Youngblood graduated from Clark-Atlanta University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern Caribbean, as an au pair, artist's model, and poet's helper in Paris, and as a creative writing instructor in a Rhode Island women's prison. She was a Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow (2011).

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5.0 su 5 stelle Brought back bittersweet memories. 25 marzo 1999
Di Un cliente - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I recently picked up this book at the library and I must say that the best things really do come in small packages. I laughed a lot and even cried a little. Being a black woman and having spent a few years of my upbringing surrounded by family in the South, I could relate to so much of what Ms. Youngblood wrote about. Even now, visiting my relatives conjures up bittersweet memories of a very complicated time in our nation's history. Her stories were right on the money in describing the strength of black women and is a tribute to Big Mamas everywhere, including mine.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Delightful southern stories 15 agosto 2000
Di Beryl Kalisa - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Big Mama Stories are a wonderful collection of short stories with a southern backgrround. The stories identify southern women of long ago that we need. Some with education, most with limited formal education but lots of savy, guts, and wisdom to surive.Some are humorous, some suspensful, other sad. Its a must and easy rea.d A real salute to Agrican American ordinary women oof yesterday.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Welcoming Embrace 18 marzo 2013
Di Christine Irving, author Magdalene A.D. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Reading Shay Youngblood's "Big Mamas" is like stepping into a welcoming embrace. The Big Mamas are grandmothers, who each abide by their own particular brand of wisdom. Confronted with a motherless child they take her under their wings. The women are all different, stamped with distinctive styles and personalities. The mix is sometimes overwhelming, sometimes confusing to their adopted granddaughter, but a singular thread of love binds their stories together and weaves them into a vivid tapestry. I grew up in a small nuclear family. Because we moved around all the time I was growing up, I missed the feeling of roots and kinship portrayed so eloquently and lovingly by Shay Youngblood. I'm so grateful she gifted us with her experience.
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5.0 su 5 stelle As all-American as Mark Twain from a unique perspective 14 dicembre 2011
Di Erik T. Bartley - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I was raised by a grandmother from the South and I found this book to be very reflective of not only the language and culture of the 1960's but of my life growing up in the 80's as well. The short stories were beautifully written and while even though some of them are no more than one or two sentences long this book stands out in my head as one of the most all-American books of all time, akin to Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" novel.

From a series of short stories one gains a collage of life in this "project town". The stories are filled with humor and an underlying current of resilience and hope. Definitely a great American novel and one of the best works of the Harlem Renaissance! Definitely recommended reading...

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