Title: Just Plain Folks: Original Tales of Living, ...
Publisher: Summerhouse Pr
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition.
1887714146 True First Edition (Summerhouse press precedes Little Brown) and First Printing. This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine gilt. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Bookseller Inventory # 001694
Synopsis: By returning to the cottonfields, tobacco barns and humble dwellings of her ancestral home in the rural South, author and cultural preservationist Lorraine Johnson-Coleman learned first-hand what is missing from the history books between the pages on slavery and present day African American culture. It is the experience of ordinary people who, on second glance, have led truly extraordinary lives. She developed an appreciation for their words, wit and wisdom and has made it her life's work to pass along their experiences.In this collection of original short stories, Johnson-CLomen pays homage to those ordinary folks--kinfolks, homefolks, waymakers, and caretakers through lyrical tributes that are almost musical to the ear. From the front porch to the shanty to the church pews, her characters come to life, bringing with them lessons about worship, courtship, social consciousness, naming practices, and burial traditions. This jewel of a book is in keeping with the author's mission to both entertain and educate about the African American experience; she concludes each story with an author's note that places it into its proper cultural perspective.Ultimately, "Just Plain Folks" is about folk culture as a continuum; a link back to the past to discover the essence of who African Americans are today. Maybe more importantly, it's beautiful thank-you note from one African American woman to some pretty awe-inspiring colored folks because sometimes it isn't so much about where we are or where we came from that's important, but how we got there.
Product Description: "Publishers Weekly" recently declared "Just Plain Folks", a series of short stories testifying to the extraordinary lives of ordinary folks, one of the best African American books for 1998. These wonderful, lyrical stories touch many aspects of African-American life including cultural traditions such as naming practices, burial rites, worship, courtship, architecture, racial conflict and resolution.
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