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This massive (nearly 700 pages) anthology offers a fascinating survey of black women's humor, compiled from folk sources, the blues, and poetry, fiction, anecdotal recollections, and routines by such comedians as the late Jackie "Moms" Mabley. The title, editor Daryl Cumber Dance informs, is a "playful entreaty" that black women use to encourage each other or to express disbelief in private conversations when swapping jokes and tall tales. Some of the material in Honey, Hush is a bit bawdy and off-color, and Dance, a professor of English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, warns that "humor is often unkind, unfair, and unjust." Enter with an open mind and a willingness to laugh, however, and you'll be sure to have fun. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dance (English, Univ. of Richmond) has collected folktales, proverbs, slave narratives, and cartoons reflecting the humor of African American women. Among those included are authors Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison and comedian Whoopi Goldberg.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1St Edition edition (November 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393318184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393318180
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been the "Hit" of several recent book parties in The San Francisco East Bay and South Bay Areas. Dr. Dance's book evokes memories of Black humor we rarely are exposed to anymore. These anthologies are the best I have read in years. We can still laugh at ourselves and love the humor in the antidotes.
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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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This is an enormously funny, if often slightly risque, anthology. I took it to the office, and my African American fellow workers can't put it down. Ever since I brought it in, periodically there are howls of laughter from around the building. And several of them have told me that they have heard some of these stories and sayings from their own relatives and friends. Highly recommended!
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I really enjoyed each entry. Dr. Dance did a wonderful job at pulling of the pieces together. The poetry, the short stories, and the excerpts from different authors. I have given it twice as a gift and each time the individuals have thoroughly enjoyed the reading.
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This books is off the charts! Ive been reading for a long time, and this book just encompasses so much for the African American experience. My favorite parts of each chapter are the anecdotes and sayings found at the end of each respectively. Purchase this book and pass it on other everyone you know who needs a laugh!
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By Lolo on September 12, 2013
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I would recommend this book because you get a taste of so many different author's styles of writing. From there you can seek out which ones you want to read more of. I read this a long time ago and the request to review just came up. Must be a new feature or its just late getting to me.

A very nice read..great for public transportation.
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I'm in chapter 2 now...and reading my way through. There is such a universal connection in what is written in this book. If ever there is a Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor 2--I'd like to contribute some of my own work. Thank you, Daryl.

Quality: Excellent.
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This is by far the greatest anthology that I have ever laid eyes on. It was very well put together!
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This is an excellent book. There are so many different types of writing. I was given a hard-back for a
gift when it first came out. I purchased copies from bookstores for gifts and then it went out of print.
When it came back, I purchased more for gifts. Everyone loves the book.
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