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Book Title: Sweet Summer: Growing up with and without My Dad|
The author of the book: Bebe Moore Campbell
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780425174746
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 988 KB
Edition: Berkley Trade
Read full description of the books Sweet Summer: Growing up with and without My Dad:This is the third book I have read by this author and I find that I love her more each time I read her. This book was a memoir, a recollection of her life growing up between an urban setting run by her mother and grandmother-"the bosoms", and the summers spent in the rural community of North Carolina with her father's people. It is also a tribute- to her father and all the other important men in her life. The contrasts in her life were many. Going between a professional mother who had made a place for herself within the city social services dept., and her father, a paraplegic who lived by sheer determination. At first the book starts out almost lyrical but then quickly settles into going more of a chronological tale of what she remembers about her family, church, school, dancing, dating, music, civil rights, important historical events. She portrays everything with honesty about her feelings as well as a humorous tone. One of the sadder things that struck me was when she asked her father if she could go to the library for more books. Her father said that was complicated. Little did she realize growing up in Philly and having access to all kinds of cultural resources that in his North Carolina community it was a white only library. And how sad for a father to have to try to explain that. He never did but managed to bring home enough books to keep her occupied for the rest of the summer. Now that's a dad! There are also many funny parts, many centered around her 2 grandmothers, as well as school yard pranks. This definitely was a feel good book in that she tried to show any struggles she faced in a positive light and she shows her gratefulness for having had the kind of parents and mentoring that has helped her flourish. Warning-if you are not familiar with African American vernacular, you might want to keep urban dictionary handy. This is the second book that I have read by her that would make a good discussion/study of race relations during difficult historical times in America. I would recommend putting this on high schoolers reading lists.
Read information about the authorBebe Moore Campbell (February 18, 1950 – November 27, 2006), was the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001". Her other works include the novel Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the winner of the NAACP Image Award for Literature; her memoir, Sweet Summer, Growing Up With and Without My Dad; and her first nonfiction book, Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage. Her essays, articles, and excerpts appear in many anthologies.
Campbell's interest in mental health was the catalyst for her first children's book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry, which was published in September 2003. This book won the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Outstanding Literature Award for 2003. The book tells the story of how a little girl copes with being reared by her mentally ill mother. Ms. Campbell was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a founding member of NAMI-Inglewood. Her book 72 Hour Hold also deals with mental illness. Her first play, "Even with the Madness", debuted in New York in June 2003. This work revisited the theme of mental illness and the family.
As a journalist, Campbell wrote articles for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, as well as other publications. She was a regular commentator for Morning Edition a program on National Public Radio.
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