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Soul food : inspirational stories for African Americans
Copage, Eric V.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2000]

Physical Description:
xv, 269 pages ; 21 cm
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 7.1 12 Quiz: 22876 Guided reading level: NR.
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E185.86 .C58212 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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With more than 500,000 copies in print of his Black Pearls series and his Kwanza cookbook, Eric Copage has a strong audience as an author of inspirational books. Now he offers a unique collection of practical advice and simple guidelines for living. This is a valuable treasury of stories, anecdotes, folk tales and inspirational accounts from ordinary people, each illustrating a different aspect of life - love, self-esteem, family, wisdom, tenacity, creativity and faith. Each chapter finishes with a recipe for incorporating these qualities into daily life.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

During his youth, Copage found he could rely on stories he learned from his father and from books to warm his heart and build his sense of self. Over the course of his own seven books (Black Pearls; A Kwaanza Fable; etc.), Copage has stepped up as a griot or storyteller, to share essays, poems and stories that he hopes will nourish other people's spirits. Divided into seven sectionsÄself-esteem, family, tenacity, love, creativity, wisdom and faithÄhe provides bon mots from celebrities (including Patti LaBelle, Colin Powell, Queen Latifah and Henry Louis Gates Jr.) and the more obscure, living and dead. Literary luminaries like James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes sprinkle dashes of wisdom in poignantly revealing accounts-such as Baldwin's "The Ultimate Gift," which details his father's funeral. In "Everyone's Child," Arthur Ashe humorously explains that he never misbehaves because "I'm afraid if I did anything like that, my father would come straight up from Virginia, find me wherever I happen to be, and kick my ass." Akiba Jama tells of her current infatuation with her dark skin, despite a previous desire to be butterscotch or caramel-colored, in the enthralling "Dark-Skinned Girl." Because of the personal nature of some of the pieces, some authors chose to use pseudonyms. Others asked Copage to act as their scribe. Well chosen and refreshing, these recipes for living prove as flavorful as they are satisfying. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved