From Publishers Weekly
In 1995, at age 106, Sarah Delaney found herself living on her own for the first time in her life when her sister Bessie died at the age of 104. The remarkable Delaney sisters, strong, independent-minded African American women who shared a house for 40 years in Mount Vernon, N.Y., achieved fame in 1993 with their bestselling self-portrait, Having Our Say, which was followed by The Delaney Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom (both coauthored with Hearth). In a touching tribute to Bessie, Sarah addresses her sister directly, articulating her grief, despair, loss and loneliness. She also meditates on the afterlife, in which she firmly believes, and mingles childhood memories with recollections of their careers-Bessie was a dentist in Harlem, while Sarah became the first black woman high-school home economics teacher in New York City. Charmingly illustrated with color drawings of flowers (in honor of Bessie, a dedicated gardener), this unpretentious book conveys a wisdom that makes it a life-raft for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. $150,000 ad/promo.
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"Letting go of you was the hardest thing I've ever done," says 107-year-old Sarah "Sadie" Delany about the death last year--at age 104--of her sister, Bessie. With coauthor Hearth, the sisters produced the fondly read best-seller, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
(1994), in which they shared a wealth of observations and wisdom garnered from their incredible longevity. Now alone, Sadie still lives in the house in Mount Vernon, New York, that she shared with her sister. Sadie looks back over the past 12 months since Bessie's death, focusing, in particular, on the most poignant reminder of Bessie, the garden out back she loved so much. Sadie ponders life's differences without her beloved sibling; fortunately, her deep religious faith and her wonderful memories have given Sadie much to hold onto. This gentle, loving, inspirational account will appeal more to those who have read Having Our Say
, but expect demand even from people who have not read the previous book. Brad Hooper