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“From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past . . . —From the Preface Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an “From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past . . . —From the Preface Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an upper middle-class African American clan—and four generations of extraordinary women. Carole Ione, rebel daughter from a long line of rebel daughters, traces her heritage from her mother, Leighla, a sad and lovely journalist, actress, and composer; to glamorous grandmother Be-Be, the popular restaurateur and former showgirl; to upright great-aunt Sistonie, one of Washington’s first black female physicians; and, finally, to great-grandmother Frances Anne Rollin, the indomitable feminist-abolitionist. It is through her great-grandmother’s brilliant diaries that Ione finds enlightenment—a deep connection to the women she cherishes and the proud, glorious history they share.


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“From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past . . . —From the Preface Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an “From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past . . . —From the Preface Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an upper middle-class African American clan—and four generations of extraordinary women. Carole Ione, rebel daughter from a long line of rebel daughters, traces her heritage from her mother, Leighla, a sad and lovely journalist, actress, and composer; to glamorous grandmother Be-Be, the popular restaurateur and former showgirl; to upright great-aunt Sistonie, one of Washington’s first black female physicians; and, finally, to great-grandmother Frances Anne Rollin, the indomitable feminist-abolitionist. It is through her great-grandmother’s brilliant diaries that Ione finds enlightenment—a deep connection to the women she cherishes and the proud, glorious history they share.

30 review for Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color (Harlem Moon Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    305.48896 I642 2004

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Have you ever read a book that you didn't want to end but couldn't put down. Try as I did to read this book slowly and take in all that the author had to offer I finished reading this book today. I feel Blessed to have entered this family if only by reading about it's history. Like all of life it has been a journey. And while I had a safer less treating position of being on the other side of the book my physical position did not spare me the emotional struggle of Carol and her family. Life is co Have you ever read a book that you didn't want to end but couldn't put down. Try as I did to read this book slowly and take in all that the author had to offer I finished reading this book today. I feel Blessed to have entered this family if only by reading about it's history. Like all of life it has been a journey. And while I had a safer less treating position of being on the other side of the book my physical position did not spare me the emotional struggle of Carol and her family. Life is connected. Like J California Cooper's book Family, Pride of the Family reminds me that the strength of family is always with us, if we allow ourselves to remember that we are not isolated individuals but a collective culture. thank you for sharing your story Ms. Ione. I hold it not only in my mind but also in my heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JP

    I feel like I liked the idea of this book better than the content itself. The authors own story line lends itself to the absurd which I found made it harder to engage in the book as a whole, however interesting the matriarchs of her family were.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Meh. Interesting in its own way, but I would not recommend it.

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    Robynne

    4.5 stars.

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    June Centonze

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