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Description - Rise Up Singing by Cecelie Berry

From a dazzling array of well-known African American women, short fiction, poems, and personal essays that describe with warmth and humor their experiences as mothers and as daughters. A sparkling anthology devoted to exploring the lives of African American mothers, Rise Up Singing presents the stories and reflections of such beloved and respected artists, journalists, and authors as Alice Walker, Faith Ringgold, Marita Golden, Martha Southgate, Tananarive Due, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Deborah Roberts, Rita Dove, and others. It features original and previously published writings, organized by editor Cecelie Berry by themes mothering, work, family, children, community, and love that illuminate the multiple roles of black mothers at home, in the neighborhood, and in the world as a whole. Rise Up Singing brings together the perspectives of women of different ages, backgrounds, and accomplishments. What shines through in their writings are the hopes shared by all mothers. As Marian Wright Edelman writes in the Foreword: The mothers writing in this anthology speak in a range of voices. They are joyful, stressed, grateful, ambivalent, determined, disappointed, and, in bad ways and good, overwhelmed. But over and over again . . . we see mothers struggling with the push: striving to give their children their best and to make sure the world gives their children its best, hard as that fight may be. From the Hardcover edition."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780767914680
ISBN-10: 0767914686
Format: Paperback
(205mm x 133mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Broadway Books
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Cecelie Berry

CECELIE BERRY, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a journalist. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Newsday, New Jersey Monthly, and on Salon.com. From the Hardcover edition.