For She Is the Tree of Life: Grandmothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers

For She Is the Tree of Life: Grandmothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers

by Valerie Kack-Brice
     
 

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For many women, memories of their grandmothers open up a Pandora's box if thoughts, feeling, and images. Filled with poems, stories, photographs, this anthology reveals the rich variety of these connections, as writers such as M.F.K. Fisher, MargaretAtwood, Isabel Allende, and Maya Angelou explore their relati onships with their grandmothers. Photos.See more details below

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For many women, memories of their grandmothers open up a Pandora's box if thoughts, feeling, and images. Filled with poems, stories, photographs, this anthology reveals the rich variety of these connections, as writers such as M.F.K. Fisher, MargaretAtwood, Isabel Allende, and Maya Angelou explore their relati onships with their grandmothers. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This engaging collection of short pieces of autobiography, fiction and poetry, some published previously, deals with the grandmother-granddaughter relationship. According to Kack-Brice, a California clinical social worker, memories of grandmothers, whether positive or negative, are a powerful connection to childhood, and the exploration of these reminiscences can lead to deeper self-knowledge. Many of the selections, including the poetry of Marge Piercy and Linda Hogan and memoirs by Ethel Barrymore and Maya Angelou, evoke grandmothers as figures of strength and inspiration. Other contributors, such as M.F.K. Fisher and Stephanie Patterson, describe more troubled relationships with their grandmothers. A touching selection by Jewelle Gomez recalls how her grandmother accepted her lesbianism. Exercises for the reader who wants to write about her own grandmother are provided by the contributors. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Patricia Monaghan
This is a collection of tender yet often tough and sharp poems and stories about grandmothers. The prose includes excerpts from novels (e.g., from Margaret Atwood's "Bodily Harm" and Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings") as well as a goodly selection of narrative memoirs. The poetry is accessible and direct, ranging from Toi Derricote's piercing reminiscence of her light-skinned grandmother's vulnerability to racism to Sharon Olds' searching eulogy for her dead grandmother on what would have been her birthday. This could have been a sappy assemblage of greeting-card sentiments, but editor Kack-Brice has done her work well. The love expressed by the writers here is unwavering, yet it is love based on clear-sighted knowledge.

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ISBN-13:
9781567311938
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
02/15/1997
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.93(d)

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