Memoirs and Creative Nonfiction

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Angelou, Maya
1983
The moving and beautiful autobiography of a talented black woman. ". . . I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood . . . have I found myself so moved . . . Her portrait is a Biblical study of life in the midst of death".--James Baldwin. Copyright #169; Libri GmbH. All rights reserved. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Dream Not of Other Worlds: Teaching in a Segregated Elementary School,1970 by Huston DiehlDream Not of Other Worlds: Teaching in a Segregated Elementary School,1970
Diehl, Huston
2007
"Set in the waning days of the Jim Crow South, Dream Not of Other Worlds chronicles a young white woman's year teaching a fourth-grade class in a "Negro" elementary school in rural Louisa County, Virginia, raising many issues that are of urgent concern today: the continuing social consequences of segregated schools, the role of public education in American society, and the challenges of educating minority and poor children."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Grits Friends Are Forevah: A Southern-Style Celebration of Women by Deborah FordGrits Friends Are Forevah: A Southern-Style Celebration of Women
Ford, Deborah
2006
Publishers Weekly Review: Ford's third book devoted to her GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) theory of friendship reads like a sassily rewritten '50s-era catalog of tips for young women that, in keeping with the old-fashioned advice, offers nary a magnolia-scented drop of new insight on friendships. However, Ford presents her time-tested information in a light-hearted manner that will please some female readers. She celebrates women's most rewarding relationships (with a Mom who is "part confessor, part fashion guru, part teacher, part cook, part drill sergeant and part coach"), and offers stale hints on deepening friendships. But readers with modern sensibilities will scoff at Ford's vintage take on friends ("No matter how much a Southern girl looks forward to the day when she gets a pin... from her Southern fraternity man, that moment is not as sweet as the day she gets a bid from her sisters.") and manners ("ladies know that politics doesn't make suitable evening conversation") and her insistence that universal traits-a fondness for family gatherings, for instance-are Southern in origin. Readers who appreciated earlier GRITS volumes may find a few gems in here, though most readers would do well to spend the cover price on a couple of mint juleps.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information