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Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife 1st Edition
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Stereotypical images have portrayed black women as sexual objects in their youths and as nannies as they age. This collection of essays, fiction, and poems offers a variety of perspectives on black women in middle age (from their late 30s through their 50s) celebrating newfound freedom from pressure and the expectations placed on younger women. The 43 contributors, famous and obscure, include Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, Susan L. Taylor, Rita Dove, Terry McMillan, Gloria Naylor, Maya Angelou, and Pearl Cleage. These women explore the transition into middle age-- the emotional, psychological, professional, and physical changes--from career switches to widowhood to accepting childlessless. Sober essays warn of the rising incidences of sexually transmitted disease among the aging and the facts about the approach and onset of menopause. Poems and short stories evoke the renewed sense of self and sensuality in some women as they age. The collection is arranged in four sections: personal growth, health issues, relationships, and love. Vanessa Bush
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"Reading this medley of wisdom, laughter, reflection and love is wonderfully satisfying." -- Venise Berry, author of Colored Sugar Water
"When I grow up I want to keep on growing! [This book] is my roadmap. Thank you my ageless sisters." -- Iyanla Vanzant, author of In the Meantime and Acts of Faith