From Library Journal
In this combination of oral history, biography, and autobiography, Scott chronicles the lives of five black women, including her own, as they struggle to achieve success and survive as women of color in America. In her interviews, Scott identifies the different survival modes or "habits" that black women pass down from generation to generation. As a source for increasing understanding of black women, this book belongs with Paula Giddings's When and Where I Enter ( LJ 5/1/84) and The Black Woman, edited by Toni Cade (NAL, 1970). While not strictly history, Scott's book does, like Giddings's, contribute to a historical understanding of race, class, and gender. Unlike The Black Woman (stories, poems, and essays), the narratives in Scott's book are much more personal and very candid. Not only would this book be a good addition to black studies and women's studies collections, but its human interest stories would appeal to the general reader. Highly recommended.- Angela Washing ton-Blair, Brookhaven Coll. Learning Resource Ctr., Dallas
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