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Gorilla, My Love
Toni Cade Bambara
0679738983
July 1992
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen
Starting with "A Sort of Preface," Toni Cade Bambara lets her readers know for sure that the fifteen superb stories that follow are not autobiographical fiction "cause the minute the book hits the stand here comes your mama screamin how could you and sighin death where is thy sting..." Most of the stories are told in the resonant voices of a young women with views. "My Man Bovanne" is an affectionate story about blind and aging love. "The Hammer Man" tells the girl's side of the story in her fight with Manny, who "was supposed to be crazy. That was his story. To say you were bad put some people off. But to say you were crazy, well you were officially not to be messed with." "Raymond's Run" tells how twelve-year-old Hazel Elizabeth Deborah Parker - a girl with "a big rep as the...


Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor
Paul Beatty (Editor)
1596911484
January 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed novelist Beatty (Tuff; White Boy Shuffle) models this controversial anthology on a "mix-tape narrative dubbed by a trusted... friend." Like a mix-tape, the collection is intensely personal: its encompassing feature is the bright, plaintive, scathingly ironic voice that introduces the volume and its various sections. Beatty, who "was the butt of the first joke [he'd] ever heard," mines two centuries of African-American culture for speeches, poems, fiction, comics and screenplays that mirror his own glass-cutting wit and satisfy, in places, his taste for "unintentional comedy." (To wit, "The Wit and Wisdom of Mike Tyson.") Apart from usual suspects like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, a Norton anthology this is not. Selections from Fran Ross and Prophet Omega dizzy readers in their logical...


Selected Shorts: Volume XVI (16) Fictions for Our Times: Listener Favorite
Toni Cade Bambara
0971921806
February 2004
Compact Disc
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Book Description
These three-CD collections feature audiences' best-loved selections from National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors and recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. More than three hours of recordings in each collection capture the intimacy of live performance. Stories are alternately funny, sad, moving, and exciting and make a perfect accompaniment to daily activities such as driving, cooking, exercising, and relaxing. Fictions for our Times: Listener Favorites Old and New includes, among others, Thomas Meehan's "Yma Dream," read by Christine Baranski; Toni Cade Bambara's "Gorilla, My Love," read by Hattie Winston; Percival Everett's "The Fix," read by Isaiah Sheffer; Richard Bausch's "Valor," read by William...


Healing Narratives: Women Writers Curing Cultural Disease
Gay Alden Wilentz
0813528666
January 2001
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Lisa Paravisini-Gebert, coeditor of Sacred Possessions: Vodou, Santeria, Obeah, and the Caribbean (Rutgers University Press
"Gay Wilentz's authoritative, ground-breaking study is a must-read for anyone interested in the ways healing cultures around the world..." -

Melody Graulich, editor of Western American Literature
"... Healing Narratives is an interesting, original, and insightful study..." -

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The Black Woman: An Anthology
Toni Cade Cade Bambara (Editor)
0743476972
March 2005
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Book Description
A collection of early, emerging works from some of today's most celebrated African American female writersWhen it was first published in 1970, The Black Woman introduced readers to an astonishing new wave of voices that demanded to be heard. In this groundbreaking volume of original essays, poems, and stories, a chorus of outspoken women -- many who would become leaders in their fields: bestselling novelist Alice Walker, poets Audre Lorde and Nikki Giovanni, writer Paule Marshall, activist Grace Lee Boggs, and musician Abbey Lincoln among them -- tackled issues surrounding race and sex, body image, the economy, politics, labor, and much more. Their words still resonate with truth, relevance, and insight today.


Salt Eaters
Toni Cade Bambara
0679740767
June 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Set in Claybourne, a small town somewhere in the South, THE SALT EATERS is the story of a community of black faith healers who, searching for the healing properties of salt, witness an event that will change their lives forever.

From the Inside Flap
Set in Claybourne, a small town somewhere in the South, THE SALT EATERS is the story of a community of black faith healers who, searching for the healing properties of salt, witness an event that will change their lives forever.


Imagining America: Stories from the Promised Land
Wesley Brown (Editor)
0892552778
March 2003
Paperback
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Washington Post Book World front page review
A marvelous anthology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Washington Post Book World front page review
A marvelous anthology.

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Those Bones Are Not My Child
Toni Cade Bambara
0679774084
October 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
On a Friday night in July 1979, the first victim in what would come to be called the Atlanta Child Murders disappeared. Over the course of two years, more than 40 African American children would die--abused, mutilated, strangled--before an arrest in 1981 apparently settled the issue. Wayne Williams, a black man, was accused, tried, and convicted of the murders, and the good citizens of Atlanta breathed easy again, assured that the crimes had not been racially motivated after all, and that the criminal was behind bars.

Or was he? In her posthumously published novel, Those Bones Are Not My Child, Toni Cade Bambara revisits the summer of 1980 and suggests a chilling alternative: The terror is over, the authorities say. The horror is past, they repeat every day. There've been no new cases of kidnap and murder since the...



Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African American Woman's Film
Julie Dash
1565840305
November 1992
Paperback
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Los Angeles Times
Daughters of the Dust very much has a power all of its own.

Toni Morrison
Daughters of the Dust is a beautiful book to delight the most demanding tastes. It is also an important book--the history of film is incomplete without it.

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Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays and Conversations
Toni Cade Bambara
0679774076
January 1999
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Book Review
Toni Cade Bambara published a novel and two collections of stories, yet before her death in December 1995, she had not published new work in 14 years. Her long silence was all the more ironic because Bambara had, in 1970, edited a ground-breaking anthology of black women's writing called The Black Woman. Here, Toni Morrison presents six hitherto unpublished stories and six essays, striking work that shows Bambara's view of the writer as cultural worker and her concern with politics and the empowerment of black Americans. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
This compilation of selected short fiction, essays and interviews by (and with) the late Bambara (The Salt Eaters) is her first published work in 14 years, and it provides...

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