Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in Americaby Rebecca Carroll
With raw candor, elicited by Rebecca Carroll's perceptive questioning, 15 black women between the ages of 11 and 18, from places as diverse as Brooklyn and Seattle, Alabama and Vermont, speak out about their inner and outer lives. What they say about identity, self-esteem, the role of race in their perceptions and treatment, personal values, and their hopes for the future is both enlightening and moving. 144 pp. National pubilcity. 15,000 print.
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Couldnt stop reading this book i juss love it i really do
When I first found this book it was by accident at a public library. I kept it long past its due date rereading it time and time again. It was when I loaned it to a friend to read while at the hairdresser that I realized that this is a piece of literature that needs to be spread around simply because it teaches something and opens the eyes of everyone who reads it---even though it is comprised of essays by children. My friend finished it within the hour and was brought to tears many times by the sheer profundity of the words of the young people within the pages. It speaks of the complex issues within the black community, and the increasing maturity of thought and observation of the youth of today. Within these short narrations by youth from various areas and of various ages, the things that they notice about the world, society, prejudice and politics are far too perceptive for children of their age. 'Sugar in the Raw' is the perfect book for any black person living in the US to identify with, and any non-black person to learn something from. The essays selected are diverse enough that everyone will be able to connect with one or two of the stories and come away with a new perspective from the rest. I have already bought 5 copies of this book to give to various female friends and relatives and they have all devoured it and come away in awe. It is my fondest hope that Oprah or someone with the capacity to make this book a hit will find it and recommend it , but until then, I only hope that this review will do it. If you are looking for powerful read, or for a gift for a mother, sister, aunt or cousin this is it. You won't regret it.