My One Good Nerve by Ruby Dee

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Intimate reflections on loving and living from an American treasure.

"My One Good Nerve draws me back into my sweetest past . . . a work of memory and art."--Maya Angelou.

My One Good Nerve is an exuberant collection of writings in the down-home tradition by that incomparable icon of the human spirit, Ruby Dee. Married for 50 years to fellow actor Ossie Davis, Dee has led an astonishingly full life. But she has never forgotten where she comes from as an African American woman. Fans who have admired and drawn strength over the years from Dee's outspoken human rights advocacy and unforgettable characters are rewarded here with many glimpses into her memories and convictions. Based on her long-running one-woman show, this book is an inspiration and a blessing.

Ruby Dee (New Rochelle, NY) grew up in Harlem and graduated from Hunter College in New York City. Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1989, she was an original cast member of Broadway classics such as A Raisin in the Sun and South Pacific and appeared in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and the landmark adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots. She performs her one-woman show, My One Good Nerve, in theatres across the country.

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Not only is Ruby Dee one of the most respected African-American actors of her day, she was also an important part of the civil rights movement. She is probably best known for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, which she performed on both the stage and the screen.Dee has also written plays, fiction, and a column in New York's Amsterdam News.Born in Cleveland, she worked initally with the American Negro Theater in Harlem, where she grew up. She is married to the actor and author Ossie Davis.
Published April 21, 2008 by Wiley. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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From Davis's youth as a ""Negro boy surrounded by white hoods, burning crosses, and stories that brought the smell of burning flesh,"" to Dee's concern for the future of African American theater, this is a compelling read, effectively evoking the challenges and rewards that have attended the auth...

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First Davis got a warm laugh when he called all actors “Piece workers on the Hollywood plantation.” Then Dee said, “We are artists also, and workers above all.

Jun 12 2014 | Read Full Review of My One Good Nerve


With her regal bearing and distinguished body of work, Ruby Dee is the sort of actress people like to call a national treasure.

May 27 1999 | Read Full Review of My One Good Nerve

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