These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family / Edition 1 by Afaa Michael Weaver | 9781889330723 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family / Edition 1

These Hands I Know: African-American Writers on Family / Edition 1

by Afaa Michael Weaver
     
 

ISBN-10: 1889330728

ISBN-13: 9781889330723

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Sarabande Books

These Hands I Know offers readers the first-ever intimate view of the inner workings of black family life from the point of view of prose and poetry writers. This collection of seventeen essays includes portraits of fathers, mothers, nieces, brothers, grandparents, husbands, wives, and daughters—in short the full spectrum of absolute humanity in

Overview

These Hands I Know offers readers the first-ever intimate view of the inner workings of black family life from the point of view of prose and poetry writers. This collection of seventeen essays includes portraits of fathers, mothers, nieces, brothers, grandparents, husbands, wives, and daughters—in short the full spectrum of absolute humanity in contemporary black families. Here, in letter form, a man speaks to his aunt, the family matriarch. A daughter rejects her father’s ideas of African-American identity. A young woman holds her niece in her hands for the very first time. And a son faces his father as an old man and finally comes to terms with his failings. These Hands I Know seeks to gather a resolutely honest picture of family life, however painful or joyous that truth may be.

"Family life is an insistent vessel traveling the space of our struggles to love and to be loved. . . . Africans and their descendants in America have always been nothing more and nothing less than human. If anything is constant and universal, it is suffering—personal, social, and political. If these essays offer anything, it is the affirmation of humanity."—From the Introduction by Afaa Michael Weaver

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Contributors include:
Fred D'Aguiar Tara Betts Gwendolyn Brooks Karen Chandler Edwidge Danticat Jarvis Q. DeBerry Gerald Early Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Lise Funderburg Walter Warren Harper Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Trent Masiki E. Ethelbert Miller Marilyn Nelson Kalamu ya Salaam Della Scott Alice Walker

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781889330723
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Up the Hill3
Roy Lee DeBerry21
A Son in Shadow31
The Tail of Color53
Keziah67
My Country 'Tis of Thee81
Letter from Monticello99
A Curious Absence107
My Cleaning Lady121
From I'm Katherine: A Memoir135
Peace Offerings163
The Future in My Arms177
Making Noise183
Brothers and Sisters199
A Racial Education, Part Two207
Fathering Words217
Spirit Family of the Streets229
The Editor237
Contributors239
Acknowledgments247

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