Describing her childhood in Philadelphia, Campbell gives lie to the stereotypes of black single-parent families. She draws upon her fond memories of a father who was absent but never abandoned her, although she only saw him in the summer. She writes lovingly of her mother and grandmother, who encouraged her every endeavor, providing her with love, support, and the desire to succeed. Most particularly she portrays the rich, multilayered black communityaunts and uncles, friends and neighbors, teachers and clergywhose warmth, protection, and love gave her the foundation to become the exceptional adult she is. Affectionate, yet honest, this book by a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts and Literature grant is a true celebration of an American childhood.Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.