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Subject: The Delaney Sister's Story.................
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 7:07 AM ET
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Here's an inspiring book to show you that you can live a long and enjoyable life: the story of two sisters who both lived beyone 100 years old:  The Delany SIsters' Book of Everyday WIsdon with Amy Hill Hearth.  Read the following review..........If I could only live that long and keep my eyesight to be able to get through my TBR list!  :0)

An inspirational and delightful guidebook on how to live long and well, written by feisty centenarian sisters who do yoga every morning, this no-nonsense manual could add years to your life. Authors of the bestselling Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (also written with Hearth), Sarah, now 105 years old, and Bessie, 103, were among the first African American professional women in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Raleigh, N.C., to an ex-slave turned Episcopal bishop and a free-born mother of mixed racial parentage, the Delany sisters rejected marriage proposals to live together and pursue careers-Sarah a high-school teacher, Bessie a dentist. Their homespun, plucky advice-exercise regularly, don't smoke or drink, shun credit cards, spend more time with family-reflects their perception that people today are too rushed, self-centered, overworked, lack consideration and "rot their brains" watching TV. Interspersed with family photographs and documents, recipes and numbered lists of pointers for right living.
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:50 AM ET
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Inspiration to help you feel younger and want to live longer..........

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:25 PM ET
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I read Having Our Say when it was first released in 1992 and enjoyed it immensely! These two sisters were extremely close and definitely lived life to the fullest. For those who haven't read or heard about the Delany sisters, here are some interesting facts:

Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany (September 19, 1889 - January 25, 1999) was the first African American woman ever to be allowed to teach Domestic Science in the New York State.  Annie Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany (September 3, 1891- September 25, 1995) was the second black woman to be granted a dentistry license in New York.

The Delany sisters were also included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1993 as the world's oldest authors.


Date Posted: 9/12/2007 1:15 AM ET
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a friend told me about this book awhile back and i forgot about it, ill look into it when i get moved thanks :)

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 3:52 AM ET
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I read Having our say and On My Own at 107.  These are the two most charming story tellers!  Their life story is really fascinating to read.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 6:40 AM ET
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The audiobook, which the sisters narrated, is wonderful. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 9:10 AM ET
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Yes, I agree.   That was a great book.  I remember reading it years ago.  I also have heard that the play  about their lives was excellent.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 7:27 AM ET
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Book is still on my bookshelf if anyone is interested in reading it............would also make a nice gift for someone.........