YA-First published in 1990 to rave reviews, this revised edition has been expanded to include 11 additional essays. Contributors include such notables as Zora Neale Hurston, Lucille Clifton, Marian Wright Edelman, bell hooks, and Toni Morrison. Topics include suicide, midwives, the politics of black women's health, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and a host of others. Much of the material is written from a personal point of view, and all of the authors passionately express their particular concerns. Although most of the selections are essays, there are some interesting variations. Audre Lorde opens her diary to share her courageous battle with cancer. Zora Neale Hurston presents a list of root prescriptions handed down through the generations. A poem by Lucille Clifton is included. Linda Janet Holmes's article on midwives is in anecdotal format, making it very fresh and immediate. Besides the original essays, this 1994 anthology has articles on skin color, HIV infection, menopause, etc. It's a marvelous collection.-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Not just for African-America women, these stories are for all of us who are "sick and tired of being sick and tired." Through essays, interviews and anecdotes told in a manner reminscent of the African-American spiritual tradition of calling forth the faithful to give testimony, the voices are women, both known and unknown, ring out on issues affecting our well-being. There are stories of triumph over chronic disease; of learning anew to trust ourselves; and on understanding the political implications of poor healthcare as a means of oppression. The issues covered, from teenage pregnancy to lupus to the epidemic of AIDS and increased drug abuse, are as diverse as the stress we carry each day. These are real voices of experience that offer the reinforcement and wisdom we all need to better understand our career choices, family pressures and society's indifference, and how each impacts our health and the quality of our lives. This is a wake-up call for women to be more knowledgeable and proactive in seeking care for ourselves. The words here can give power to the survival of all women.
Annette M. Anderson