Homemade Love

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Critical Praise for J. California Cooper:

"Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston." -Alice Walker

"Cooper knows how to 'talk' her stories to us, as though each of them is told by a kindly and concerned friend. The sound of them is lovely, memorable, haunting." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Gutsy and familiar...Cooper's power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple." --The ...

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Overview

Critical Praise for J. California Cooper:

"Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston." -Alice Walker

"Cooper knows how to 'talk' her stories to us, as though each of them is told by a kindly and concerned friend. The sound of them is lovely, memorable, haunting." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Gutsy and familiar...Cooper's power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple." --The Washington Post

"Ms. Cooper is as down-home as Zora Neale Hurston, thank you, and blooming into as skilled a storyteller. Cooper's characters are the folk heroes of black culture.... Tales of triumph that give you reason to keep reading." --Essence

"These stories are jazzy, clubby, folksy, small towny, populist, perky, and if you don't like them, you must be in an absolutely unshakeable bad mood...." --Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times

"Both men and women are treated with such bemused love that these tales of passions gone astray are transformed into celebrations of life." --MS.

Awed, bedevilled, and bemused, all Cooper's characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself in these wise and exhilarating stories from Cooper's newest book.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Cooper's work reminds us of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston." --Alice Walker

"Cooper knows how to 'talk' her stories to us, as though each of them is told by a kindly and concerned friend. The sound of them is lovely, memorable, haunting." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Gutsy and familiar...Cooper's power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple." --The Washington Post

'Ms. cooper is as down-home as Zora Neale Hurston, thank you, and blooming into as skilled a storyteller. Cooper's characters are the folk heroes of black culture...Tales of triumph that give you reason to keep reading." --Essence

"These stories are jazzy, clubby, folksy, small towny, populist, perky, and if you don't like them, you must be in an absolutely unshakeable bad mood..." --Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times

"Both men and women are treated with such bemused love that these tales of passions gone astray are transformed into celebrations of life." --MS.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The stories in this second collection from the author of A Piece of Mine are all about love. About sex and family too, and life when it is lived with wonder and relish. Told in first-person, in a lively, unobtrusive black dialect, these tales, set in both country and city, are lit with wisdom and high-spirited humor. In ``Happiness Does Not Come in Colors,'' a black activist widowed in the '60s gradually allows herself to become attached to a white man, while a younger black woman finds that activism has expanded her life in surprising ways. In ``The Magic Strength of Need,'' an ambitious girl of exceptional ugliness builds an empire of beauty products and services, is finally wooed by the longed-for rich man and learns to value the love of a constant friend. ``Spooks'' is a sexual comedy in which two men enjoy the favors of a recent widow whose ``husband'' returns to her each night. Cooper is overfond of aphoristic commentary and exclamation marks, and her narrators may have similar-sounding voices, but she tells stories that move and dance about people who pop off the page to lodge themselves firmly in the reader's affection. (August 29)
Library Journal
Cooper's second volume of short stories (her first was A Piece of Mine , LJ 12/84) concerns black women and men, parents and children, as they struggle and love. Told in a folksy first-person voice, these stories nearly all have happy endings. Contrasts abound: In ``Living,'' a middle-aged man leaves his wife and piece of land to try city life, and after three days and four hospitalizations crawls gratefully back home. ``The Watcher'' is the neighborhood snoop, so intent on everyone else's business that she does not see that her own son is on smack. The overabundance of exclamation points and the sameness of style do get a little tiresome, but the stories are saved from preachiness by the wry and somewhat ingenuous tone. This would be an excellent addition to collections serving black young adult readers. Janet Boyarin Blundell, M.L.S., Brookdale Community Coll., Lincroft, N.J.
Carolyn See
These stories are jazzy, clubby, folksy, small towny, populist, perky, and if you don't like them, you must be in an absolutely unshakable bad mood….
Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312194659
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 205,250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. California Cooper is the author of two novels, four collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Homemade Love was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. Ms. Cooper lives in California.

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Table of Contents

Swimming to the Top of the Rain
Living
Happiness Does Not Come in Colors
Funny Valentines
When Life Begins!
Without Love
The Watcher
At Long Last
Having Fun
The Magic Strength of Need
Swingers and Squares
Down That Lonesome Road
Spooks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Favorite Author

    She is my favorite! Her wise, but simple way of looking at life allows you to gain life lessons in an often humorous way. She is similiar to Zora Neale Hurston. I've read all of her books and immediately pass them on so that someone else can have the pleasure of her writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    Got To Get IT

    This book wa an excellent read from the beginning to the very end. I have read maybe three of her books and by far I believe this is her best work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    This is a wonderful book...

    If you have never read J. California Cooper this is a good book to start with. My favorite story in this collection is Living. It is a wonderful story about an black man learning to appreciate the life that he has. All of her books are great.

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