Just a reminder!
The AfriGeneas Genealogy Offline Book Club meeting:
We will be discussing "Every Tongue Must Confess", by Zora Neal Hurston, her book written from Slave Narratives. We will also provide general genealogy support.
In April we will discuss:
by Bertice Berry
Ballantine Publishing Group; 2000
Miss Cozy Brown, proprietor of a bookstore that specializes in rare
and hard-to-find African American titles, goes to sleep one night knowing
that something magical is about to happen. She finds herself drawn again to
the yellowed manuscript that her grandmother bequeathed to her, Children of
Grace, a slave narrative by a woman healer who died long before abolition.
Despite its unsparing accounts of cruelty and abuse, hope shimmers
from its pages, and the book can only be described as a love story with
prophetic overtones, much like Redemption Song. It closes with the promise
that slavery will end--the author of the manuscript, Iona, reads the future
in the stars--but that true freedom will only come later. The next morning,
as Miss Cozy suspected, two strangers are waiting for Black Images to open.
They both need a special book, something life-transforming, and
their hands fall at the same time on Children of Grace. Miss Cozy glances up
as the couple approaches the counter. She "watched these two, as she'd
watched so many others. She knew that they had no idea how their lives were
going to be affected. Other folks had come to her shop thinking that they
had been led to the bookstore because of their own intuition. But she knew
This was her purpose, her calling: to help others unfold the
chapters of their lives by reading between someone else's lines."
Some of what happens to Fina and Ross when Miss Cozy takes them
under her wing will not surprise readers. But as they leaf through Children
of Grace together, drawing strength from the story, they uncover Iona's
"Recipe of Life," with its powerful and remarkably personal message.
In her fictional debut, Bertice Berry has written a modern-day fairy
tale and a hymn of praise to literature's redemptive power. --Regina Marler
I truly enjoyed this one.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
at 7:30 PM at
Bowie Town Center
Barnes & Noble Book Store
E-mail me for directions|!
Peace, blessings, favor and grace, Alta
"I have learned that no one can experience true love, or a joyful presence, or create an optimal future until one makes peace with one's past. Genealogy heals the soul!"