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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

Copage, author of the popular Black Pearls series, has compiled a literary collage of stories, poetry and fables in a chicken-soupish volume that provides a hearty buffet of inspiration in bite-size morsels. The pieces have been grouped into sections, including Love, Self-esteem, Family, Creativity, Tenacity, Wisdom and Faith. Contributors include Nikki Giovanni, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, as well as some lesser-known authors. One memorable anecdote, written by Copage and entitled "The Choice," tells the story of a runaway slave after he was caught and beaten by "he who called himself master." In a narrative of advice entitled "Royalty, Part II," Queen Latifah expounds on what it means to her to be a self-proclaimed queen and tells other women how they too can have what it takes. Most important, she says, "You have to want to be a queen." In "An Unmarked Man," Michel Marriott shares how he discovered "an essential element of being a man" while pledging a fraternity known to physically brand its members during initiation. In "Cupid's Arrow," Copage reveals how a stick, a ribbon and a trip to Martha's Vineyard tell the story of 25 years of love and marriage. In all, this collection dishes up a quick, satisfying bit of inspiration. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved