Fun book -- it's like "hearing" the two women talk about their lives. They have great personalities that come through as they share about their experiences living as African American women over the last 100 years.
This book is a WONDERFUL look into the lives and times of 2 remarkable women. My teenage son and I both enjoyed this immensely. We listened to the audio and watched the movie. Now I'm requesting the book. These ladies are wise, witty and have earned the right to "have their say".
I'm not a twin or black or 100 years old, yet as I read this book I felt as if I had become all of these. What a wonderful legacy she - and they have left us! When I finished reading the book, I felt blessed!
What a wonderful read! I couldn't put the book down. I even stopped my car on the way home from work one day to finish a few more pages, since I knew my kids wouldn't give me a chance to read when I got home!
Having Our Say chronicles the lives of two centegenarian sisters, the Delanys. 2 of 10 children of a former slave and his wife, they follow the success of all the Delany children, but especially tell their own life stories. Their autobiographies also follow the course of American history during their 100+ years of life.
I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and inspiring. To see women this old and really enjoying and living life to the hilt, makes me think, "I can do this too when I am old". A very enjoyable book.
Wonderful, inspiring and an easy read with complicated ideas to dwell on. I chose this book for our bookclub as well.
the book is arranged in decades. For the ones I lived in, I appreciated the sister's point of view and experiences. I found myself nodding in agreement. For the ones that my parents lived through, it provided insight.
Wonderful book about the DeLaney sisters and their life. Their stories of how life has changed in the last 100 years are touching, funny and give you something to think about. I read this book in one day. I couldn't put it down
I was so impressed with this historical record of two independent women of virtue and opinion. It gives an incite into thoughts and heritage of Black women who lived through perhaps the most troubling times in modern America. THis book is well written and one in which the reader comes to know the characters.......and they were......like friends. I am using in for my bookclub's selection this year!
I read this book several years ago, for a college English class. I was really moved by it. Even though most women get married and have children at least once in their life time. It appears these two were meant to live their lives other wise. I reordered it for a women that recently passed through my life for a brief period of time. She is in her sixty and about to retire from work. As she shared stories of her and her younger sister with me. I could see a lot of Sadie and Betsy in the two. So I gave the book to her as a retirement gift to read and then share with her sister to read. They both have lived together all their lives and she has never married or had children. I just hope it will bring her and her sister even closer in their own lives. I give it all five stars.
From back cover: "This book is destined to become a classic! The Delany Sisters...leave to us the best of legacies--two sets of dancing footprints for us to follow all our days ahead."--Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves
Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their minds in a book that is a vital historial record and a moving portrait of two sisters who love, laugh, and embrace life after one hundred years of living side by side.
Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City school system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nations heritage and leaves an indelible impression on our lives.
This is one of the best books you'll ever read. They not only tell of their life, but you can learn HOW they lived to be over 100 years old, or at least the things that they attribute to their long lives. I've read all of the books by these ladies and I absolutely loved each and every one of them. I cried when they both finally passed on. Of course this isn't told in the book. I saw this on the news.
Two extraordinary sisters tell the stories of their first 100 years. Feisty and intelligent, they speak their minds in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving story of the sisters who live side by side in their later years.
Warm, feisty and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their minds in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two sisters who love, laugh and embrace life after one hundred years of living side by side.
From Publishers Weekly
In this remarkable and charming oral history, two lively and perspicacious sisters, aged 101 and 103, reflect on their rich family life and their careers as pioneering African American professionals. The unmarried sisters, who live together, tell of growing up on the campus of a black college in Raleigh, NC... Photos.
The Delany sisters speak their minds in a book that is the portrait of two sisters who love, laugh, and embrace life after one hundred years of living side by side.
Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes/
This is an exceptional book for anyone interested in periods of our country's history and who enjoys reading memoirs and auto/biographies. The Delany sisters came of age in the south, growing up amidst prejudice and those horrible Jim Crow laws. They had admirable parents who raised their kids with the belief that their purpose on earth is to help others...despite the racism and bigotry they endured. The author has the sisters tell their stories in their own words, alternately inspiring, funny, sad. I loved the book.
I have this book cross listed with Book Crossing and there is a sticker on the first page of reviews.
I read this earlier in the century and am disappointed it found no reader at the old soldiers' home. Although we have few readers, they saw Jim Crow arrive in the days of McKinley. They made successful lives in NYC.
I enjoyed this book so much, these two ladies (and they were true Ladies!!!) were just cute and sweet and so fun to read about... I like Bessie because of her "I won't take crap" attitude, but I loved Sadie too... can't wait to read "Book of everyday Wisdom"!!!