Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America

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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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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, Rebecca Carroll profiles 15 of the more than 50 girls, ages 11-20, she interviewed throughout the country. Singly and together, they speak eloquently for the generation of young women coming of age in a complex world. Carroll writes in her introduction: "many black girls don't know that individual accountability is not a myth or a crime: It is what makes it possible for us to live together on the planet as human beings." Her work is enabling and enlightening. The foreword is by Ntozake Shange.
School Library Journal
YAA collection of 15 spirited and thought-provoking monologues based on conversations and interviews the author held with over 50 young black women. The selections reflect the girls' diverse experiences, attitudes, and dreams, and represent a broad spectrum of social class and geographical regions. Jo-Laine of Brooklyn, NY, observes, "The kind of girl I am has everything to do with the kind of woman I think I'll be. I know that I am bold and straightforward. When it comes time to deal with boys and whatnot, I will make clear who I am and how I expect to be treated." Aisha, of Seattle, WA, declares, "My strong suit is what I can do with my mind and my personality. Yes, I am beautiful, too, but it's not a priority to me." Reacting to the author's project, Reni of Birmingham, AL, says, "I think the concept of this book is very inspirational because it is so important for black girls to hear what other black girls are thinking. People create who they are based on their experiences with and their exposure to other people." The book is entertaining and instructional both for what it tells readers about the hearts and minds of black teens and for the model it serves for those who want to learn to evoke personality and power in their own writing.Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517884973
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Lovely and wonderful

    Couldnt stop reading this book i juss love it i really do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Beautiful, thought provoking, touching, a must own

    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.

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