From Publishers Weekly
GRAND MOTHERS: Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories About the Keepers of Our Traditions Edited by Nikki Giovanni. Holt, $7.95 ISBN 0-8050-4903-7. "While contributions from established authors act as lures, the real treasures here are offered from relatively unknown authors," said PW of this "diverse and moving tribute." Ages 11-up.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up-Giovanni claims that this book is not balanced, as she says of the authors, "We are mostly Southern, pan Asian, and black." But balance is not the issue here: it's the impressive span of these stories by and about grandmothers-from the Civil War to the present-from Asia, Africa, majority and minority America, in all sizes, colors, and ages. Most impressive are the short stories by well-known writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston and Gloria Naylor, some who have yet to achieve public acclaim. The "Warm Hearth Writers" Workshop, a group of writers at a retirement center, is also represented, with reminiscences and reports about their own grandmothers. The quality of these reports is uneven, but the lives included are interesting nonetheless. While this inconsistency may be disconcerting to some, the personal qualities of the narrators and the intent of the book-to celebrate grandmothers in a direct, outspoken way, warts and all-makes it a first purchase.Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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