Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife

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Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes'midlife' from a black woman's point of view. Age Ain't Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women's lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other topics.

Midlife today isn't your grandmother's'change of life.' Today, black women call hot flashes 'power surges,' ...

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Overview

Finally, a collection that celebrates, considers, contemplates, even criticizes'midlife' from a black woman's point of view. Age Ain't Nothing but a Number ranges over every aspect of black women's lives: personal growth, family and friendship, love and sexuality, health, beauty, illness, spirituality, creativity, financial independence, work, and scores of other topics.

Midlife today isn't your grandmother's'change of life.' Today, black women call hot flashes 'power surges,' and menopause, the 'pause that refreshes.' These days, middle-aged women may be newlyweds or new mothers, as well as grandmothers or widows. They may experience the empty-nest syndrome and then the 'return-to-the-nest syndrome' as adult children move back home. They may navigate the field of Internet dating, travel the world, teach homeless women, take up pottery, or study international business.

This anthology captures all of these aspects of midlife as experienced by some of the finest voices in African-American writing today. Featuring the work of Maya Angelou, J. California Cooper, Pearl Cleage, Nikki Giovanni, Susan L. Taylor, Alice Walker, and dozens of others, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number will make readers think, laugh, and cry and will be the perfect gift book for spring.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this anthology of essays, plus some fiction and poetry, 41 African American women share their sometimes humorous and sometimes painful experiences with middle age. Divided into four sections-"A New Attitude," "New Bones," "Roots," and "In Search of Satisfaction"-these works focus on relationships, health, spirituality, and other relevant topics. An English professor throws a ball rather than a party in honor of her 50th birthday, a poet says good-bye to her monthly cycle, two doctors discuss menopause myths, a broadcast journalist tells of the joys of adoption, and a woman's health activist comments on safe sex among seniors. Such writers as Nikki Giovanni, Diane Donaldson, Miriam Decosta-Willis, and Maya Angelou speak of the fear of aging, dealing with breast reduction surgery, facing the death of a spouse, and finding romance. Whether these women are celebrating or bemoaning the process of growing old, the result is a wonderful compilation. Recommended for women's collections and for public libraries.-Ann Burns "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807028230
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,402,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carleen Brice is the author of Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color, which was a Blackboard Bestseller, and Lead Me Home: An African American Guide Through the Grief Journey, and was a contributing editor for R.I.P.: The Complete Book of Death and Dying. She has written for various publications, including Mademoiselle, the Chicago Tribune, and BET.com, and lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 A New Attitude: Personal Growth and Spirituality
Who Says an Older Woman Shouldn't Dance? 5
Age 11
The Affirmation 14
Journal (February 12, 1987) 20
Unlocking Midlife 23
Games 24
What I Learned on the Way to Getting Old: Don't Tell Your Age and Other Lessons 26
Midlife Blues 31
How to Fly into Fifty (Without a Fear of Flying) 36
The Ball of a Lifetime 38
In Search of Meaningful Work 45
Dreaming of Crones 49
2 New Bones: Health, Beauty, and Self-Image
New bones 57
Choosing Longevity 58
Maneuvering through Menopause: A Rite of Passage 61
To my last period 71
Hair Matters at Midlife 72
Am I Ugly? 78
Banyan Trunk 85
from I Left My Back Door Open 86
Used 91
My Cups Used to Runneth Over 92
Middle-Age UFO 98
3 Roots: Family and Friendship
from A Day Late and a Dollar Short 105
Homegirl Reunion 108
Letting Go with Love 114
from The Women of Brewster Place 125
Babies??!! 134
Adoption: A Midlife Love Story 137
The Pathway Home 140
The Dance of Life 147
Full Circling 154
In the Heat of Shadow 163
Parents, Wives, and Womanhood: The Lessons We Never Learned 173
4 In Search of Satisfaction: Romance and Sexuality
Age and Sexuality 181
Trust Me 186
Gray Pussy Hair 189
Safer Sex (before and) after Fifty 190
Plum Jelly in Hot Shiny Jars 193
It Might as Well Be Spring 204
The Company She Keeps 210
from Do-It-Yourself Rainbows 212
Love and Other Geometric Shapes 219
Contributors' Biographies 221
Editor's Acknowledgments 229
Credits 231
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