Deals with the Devil by Pearl Cleage

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"Pearl Cleage breaks down for sisters all the old rules and unspoken taboos. She tells us the truths our mothers are still afraid to confront, the essential wisdom we need to stay alive. Her book mourns and rages all in one breath."



Dead-on, to the point, fearless. A third-generation black nationalist feminist, Pearl Cleage recognizes the pure power of telling the uncompromising truth--about African-American life and about the fate of the race in racist America. Whether she's writing about her--and her sisters'--defenition of good brother, or why she's so mad at Miles Davis, DEALS WITH THE DEVIL is filled with Pearl's most provactive, fascinating, and outrageous insights.

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Pearl Cleage is the author of "Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth" and "Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot." An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine "Catalyst" and writes a column for the "Atlanta Tribune." Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day" her first novel.
Published July 7, 1993 by Ballantine Books. 207 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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 From Atlanta Tribune columnist Cleage, essays that treat sex and politics from an African-American feminist perspective and that are—with minor exceptions—powerful, outspoken, and fluent.

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Cleage, a columnist for the Atlanta Tribune , editor of Catalyst magazine and director of a theater company, offers approximately 40 pointed, colloquial and lively essays rising from an anger that is both feminist and black nationalist.

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