Adult/High School–On the cusp of the civil rights era, in 1964, Rutland's memoir was published in a limited edition as The Trouble with Being Mama. This reissue has a new introduction. Mama, as Rutland is known, reflects on her daily deeds, accomplishments, and misgivings about raising her four children while residing in an integrated California suburb and sending them to integrated public schools. This African-American, middle-class family strove to maintain social, economic, and educational equality within a multicultural environment. Mostly, they succeeded. There are no fire hoses or church bombings in this down-home, kitchen-table memoir. The color line manifested itself in more subtle ways: in difficulty purchasing real estate, or when the children maintained the required grades but were not placed in exceptional classes. Rutland's self-effacing manner, and the strictly adhered to and enforced gender roles, may seem as striking to today's more self-actualized and empowered young adults as will the clarity with which the author shows the depth of racism without criminal incident.–Jodi Mitchell, Durham County Library, NC
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Recaptures the wisdom, resiliency, and love of a family overcoming a world once oppressively divided between black and white.” David Levering Lewis, two-time winner, Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and author, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography
Eva Rutland has done us all a grand favor[to] tell the powerful and poignant story of the courage and love of a black mother in a society that devalues black children.” Cornel West, professor of religion, Princeton University, and author, Race Matters
It is inspiring and instructive for any mother interested in raising children who are healthy and whole.” Shelley Fisher Fishkin, director of American studies, Stanford University
Excellent book! I loved the way she told the story of the family's life.Published 4 months ago by Virginia Pariseau
Eva Rutland's cherished life experience's are incapsulated in this art fully lively book that remains you of the Brady Brunch. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chamomileminttea
There several reminders that we all need today - not just us mothers. I enjoyed this as much as No Crystal Stair. Thank you Miss Eva.Published on March 15, 2013 by T Doll
A funny, moving, thought-provoking collection of essays about motherhood, fatherhood, and dealing with the challenges that came with integration in the 1950s. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by C. Litchfield
A very eye opening book! I enjoyed it but cringed at the injustices shown to this wonderful family. I would recommend this to a student who might not remember the bad times.Published on March 5, 2012 by Margaret D.
Bathe `em, feed `em, make `em behave...that's it! Advice none to shun coming from a "down-to-earth mama" telling in sophisticated fashion the fears, joys, and concerns of any... Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by RYCJ
This is a heart warming story of a woman growing up in america and her experiences as a female, wife, and mother.Published on February 8, 2009 by Ms Molly
Eva Rutland's When We Were Colored is the slightest of these three books, but in some ways the most intriguing. Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by Eva Fields