In the Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of Our Marriage

Overview

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, bestselling author of The Sweeter the Juice, and her husband, Harold C. Haizlip describe, with unwavering commitment to each other, their families, and their race, what hard work, good luck, and most important, unshakable love can accomplish.

Told in their alternating voices, In the Garden of Our Dreams is a portrait of their nearly forty-year love affair. Born into a generation reared in segregation, Harold, the Southerner, and Shirlee, the Northerner, ...

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Overview

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, bestselling author of The Sweeter the Juice, and her husband, Harold C. Haizlip describe, with unwavering commitment to each other, their families, and their race, what hard work, good luck, and most important, unshakable love can accomplish.

Told in their alternating voices, In the Garden of Our Dreams is a portrait of their nearly forty-year love affair. Born into a generation reared in segregation, Harold, the Southerner, and Shirlee, the Northerner, strove not only to marry their individual differences in reaching for common happiness, but also joined the larger struggle of their generation to achieve integration and racial equality. In this intimate and moving memoir, the couple reflects on how they defined themselves as African Americans during some of the most important years in America's struggle with issues of race, class, and equality. Uplifting and romantic, In the Garden of Our Dreams gives all couples hope in this time of increasing cynicism about the value of marriage and the effect each individual can have in the larger struggle against society's ills.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Transcends time and bigotry. . . . A gem and well worth reading." --Los Angeles Sentinel

"Their marriage is enviable, and luckily for us they have chosen to write about it in their richly detailed memoir." --The New York Times Book Review

"Refreshing in its focus on the positives of African-American family life--told with an eloquence that reflects the Haizlips' charmed life." --Emerge

"A welcome antidote . . . provides a counternarrative for a reading audience exhausted by the automatic link of blackness with poverty, social woes, and family dysfunction." --Chicago Tribune

Andrea Higbie
...[A] richly detailed memoir....Harold writes, "We were not free. No black people we knew were."
The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
In this romantic husband-and-wife memoir, the Haizlips (he is a prominent educator, she is the author of The Sweeter the Juice, LJ 1/94, a memoir tracing her black, white, and Indian heritage) speak in alternate voices. Through this story, they aim to relate "the larger continuing struggle of their generation to achieve human dignity and racial equality."
Los Angeles Times
Their story's timing is impeccable -- arriving at a moment when the country is puzzling over what is acceptable in a marriage. . .Ultimately, what makes their book most resonant. . .is the honesty of a barehanded fight with life.
Andrea Higbie
...[A] richly detailed memoir....Harold writes, "We were not free. No black people we knew were." -- The New York Times Book Review
St. Louis Post Dispatch
The message that shines through. . .is a successful, loving relationship between a man and a woman transcends race.
Emerge
A rare tribute to marriage. . .told with an eloquence that reflects the Haizlips' charmed life.
Kirkus Reviews
Forty years of an adventurous and loving marriage, recounted alternately by husband and wife, who occasionally seem to have lived on different planes but never lost touch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385497596
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip is the author of the bestselling memoir The Sweeter the Juice, a New York Times notable book. Harold C. Haizlip is a prominent educator and innovator who is presently the Western Regional Director of Communities In Schools, Inc. They live in Los Angeles.
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