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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.