Sunny Nash is the author of "Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's," chosen by the Association of American University Presses as a book for understanding U.S. race relations and recommended by the Miami-Dade Public Library System for Native American Collections.
"My book began when I was writing columns for the Houston Chronicle (Hearst) and the Bryan-College Station Eagle (Knight-Ridder) Newspapers in the 1990s. The columns were comprised of stories from my childhood with my part-Comanche grandmother, Bigmama, my parents, relatives, neighborhood friends, teachers and others in my life. I had no idea that these little vignettes would garner so much interest nationwide. But they did. With that, a managing editor at Texas A&M University Press, Mary Lenn Dixon, saw the merit in compiling these stories into a book and approached me about creating a manuscript of selected articles for review and eventual publication. What a break when I agreed and the book was born. When "Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's" came out, it was selected as a resource for understanding race relations in the United States. As a result, some authorities consider me a leading author on the subject of race relations, quoting me in articles and reference books, and including my work in anthologies."
"Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's" is recommended for Native American collections by the Miami-Dade Public Library System in Florida. "Because my family has deep roots in Comanche heritage, Native American collections have begun to use my book to look at the connections it makes between African American and Native American bloodlines and culture in the Central Texas region."
Robin Fruble of Southern California said, "Every white person in America should read this book (Bigmama Didn't Shop At Woolworth's)! Sunny Nash writes the story of her childhood without preaching or ranting but she made me realize for the first time just how much skin color changes how one experiences the world. But, if your skin color is brown, it matters a great deal to a great number of people. I needed to learn that. Sunny Nash is a great teacher," Fruble said.
Sunny Nash wrote music biographies of jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrell; jazz trumpter, Clark Terry; and R&B singer-songwriter, Ben E. King for the African American National Biography by Harvard and Oxford, edited by Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Higginbotham. Nash's work also is collected in The African American West, A Century of Short Stories; Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography; Reflections in Black, A History of Black Photographers 1840 - Present; Ancestry; African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000; Black women in Texas history; Companion to Southern Literature; Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-century Experience; Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy; African American Foodways; Southwestern American Literature Journal; and other anthologies.
Sunny Nash's research and writing are cited in Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-Dime; The Source: a guidebook to American genealogy; Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies by the Schomburg Center in New York; Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics; Journal of Women's History; Ebony Magazine; Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places; and others.
"I am working on a new book with Texas A&M University Press at this time. I will update this entry when the book is released."