Aunties: Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother (Paperback)
Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother
Ballantine Books, 9780345452696, 224pp.
Publication Date: April 13, 2004
Profiling a variety of aunts from different cultures, temperaments, and walks of life--the surrogate mother, the wild aunt, the eccentric aunt, the mentor--the essays are written by well-known journalists and authors such as Pearl Cleage and M.J. Rose, as well as everyday people . . . all of whom bring their subjects to stirring life in their own unique ways.
"Tia Sonia" made her living as an old-world witch in Honduras, providing her niece, Beverly James, with a tenuous connection to the country of her birth--and imparting a valuable lesson after she fails to predict her own tragic demise; the dramatic and glamorous "Tropical Aunts"--also known as Aunt Debs and Aunt Ava--ventured north from Florida only twice, but left an indelible mark on Enid Shomer's ideas about being an independent woman; in the heartwarming "Bloodsense," Mark Holt-Shannon's magical Aunt Lolly, a woman with a heart as big as the ocean, provided unconditional love--and a bridge between three boys and the father who left them all behind.
A wonderful celebration of family, Aunties is a labor of the heart and a show of reverence to the women whose intangible gifts of love and respect often pass without recognition. Through the vivid memories of real relationships, these narratives pay tribute to aunts everywhere.
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Praise For Aunties: Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother…
“A powerful multidimensional collection that pays tribute to the enduring love and influence of our ‘second mothers.’ Aunties is a literary gem that touches the heart and nurtures the soul.”
—TRACY PRICE-THOMPSON, bestselling author of Chocolate Sangria and A Woman’s Worth
“I was moved to tears when I found my real aunts coming back to life in these the pages.”
—PARRY BROWN, author of Sittin’ in the Front Pew
“This eloquent collection [of personal narratives] installs all ‘aunties’ to their deserved place of honor in the family.”
—CAROL JENKINS, author of Black Titan
“From Harlem to Alaska, the women featured in this endearing collection make us realize just how important aunties can be, and how the most untraditional families, can sometimes be the strongest.”
—B. SMITH, host of B. Smith with Style