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A Way Out of No Way: Writings about Growing up Black in America

A Way Out of No Way: Writings about Growing up Black in America

by Jacqueline Woodson
     
 

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"A distinguished anthology of excerpts from some fine modern writing."
—The New York Times

In this very special anthology, Jacqueline Woodson shares the writings that inspired her as a young African-American growing up in Brooklyn. Within these pages you will find the quiet poignance of Toni Morrison's Sula, the joyous proclamations of Bernice Johnson

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"A distinguished anthology of excerpts from some fine modern writing."
—The New York Times

In this very special anthology, Jacqueline Woodson shares the writings that inspired her as a young African-American growing up in Brooklyn. Within these pages you will find the quiet poignance of Toni Morrison's Sula, the joyous proclamations of Bernice Johnson Reagon's "I Remember, I Believe," the biting colloquial brilliance of Paul Beatty's Big Bowls of Cereal . . . and a host of other masterful works.

Filled with both poems and stories, A WAY OUT OF NO WAY is at once a deep and tender tribute to the delicacy of adolescence and a first-rate study of African-American literature.

ERNEST J. GAINES * JAMES BALDWIN * ROSA GUY * TONI CADE BAMBARA * TIM SEIBLES * PAUL BEATTY * JAMAICA KINCAID * NTOZAKE SHANGE * JUNE JORDAN * LANGSTON HUGHES * ANNA DEAVERE SMITH * TONI MORRISON * RANDALL KENAN * CLAUDE McKAY * NIKKI GIOVANNI * GWENDOLYN BROOKS * BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Arnold
Woodson's anthology is a collection of seminal works of African-American literature that will introduce young people to important voices. It also is a tribute to those writers that spoke most personally to her growing up in Brooklyn. Writers and readers form a bond, linking and connecting individual experiences into a universal understanding. The stories, poems, and excerpts from novels in this anthology range from Paul Beatty's rap-influenced Big Bowls of Cereal to James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk (Dial, 1974) to Rosa Guy's early YA novels, and to the powerful female voices of Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shange. In each, we hear the universal coming-of-age struggle, though the individual experiences are as different as the writing styles that describe them. As it did for Woodson in the seventies, this new collection of African-American writing can expand the narrow confines of daily life and point, with hope and energy, to a wider world of possibilities. Highly recommended for public library collections, junior and high school libraries, and use in contemporary fiction, creative writing, and multicultural courses. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis compilation of 18 excerpts, stories, and poems includes selections from such distinguished African-American writers as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Most of the fiction and verse are taken from previously published works, such as Hughes's "Passing" from The Ways of the White Folks (Random, 1990); Anna Deavere Smith's "Look in the Mirror" from Fires in the Mirror (Anchor, 1993); the title story from Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla My Love (Random, 1992); and an excerpt from Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (Knopf, 1993). More than just a coming-of-age compendium, this work covers all aspects of African-American life. The themes include social relations, community, love, lust, murder, treachery, loyalty, sadness, and joy. There is also humor. For instance, Paul Beatty's poem "Big Bowls of Cereal" is a funny and moving diversion into myriad possibilities and situations for youth trembling on the brink of adulthood. The entries in this collection, selected and introduced by Woodson, show a wide range of writing styles and content. This title will afford young adults the opportunity to sample the work of noted African-American authors and see the "bigger world."Gebregeorgis Yohannes, San Francisco Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449704608
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/1997
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Woodson has won numerous awards for her novels, including Coretta Scott King Honors for From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun and I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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