Pride of Family by Carole Ione
Four Generations of American Women of Color (Harlem Moon Classics)

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“From the moment I read the words [my great-grandmother] Frances Anne Rollin wrote in Boston on January 1, 1868—“The year renews its birth today with all its hopes and sorrows”—she became my beacon, the foremother who would finally share with me our collective past . . . —From the Preface

Originally published to rave reviews, Pride of Family is the dazzling true story of an upper middle-class African American clan—and four generations of extraordinary women. Carole Ione, rebel daughter from a long line of rebel daughters, traces her heritage from her mother, Leighla, a sad and lovely journalist, actress, and composer; to glamorous grandmother Be-Be, the popular restaurateur and former showgirl; to upright great-aunt Sistonie, one of Washington’s first black female physicians; and, finally, to great-grandmother Frances Anne Rollin, the indomitable feminist-abolitionist. It is through her great-grandmother’s brilliant diaries that Ione finds enlightenment—a deep connection to the women she cherishes and the proud, glorious history they share.
 

About Carole Ione

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CAROLE IONE, also known simply as “Ione,” is a writer and counselor specializing in heritage and women’s issues. She is also a playwright and director who travels extensively throughout the world teaching and lecturing and encouraging others in the exploration of self and family. She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Broadway Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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 Psychotherapist Ione's emotional family history focuses on the legacy of three generations of her African-American foremothers, exploring the roots of her own upbringing in a fragmented nuclear family.

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In a moving, resonant self-portrait of growing up black and female in America, Ione focuses on the three very different women who raised her. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1937, her childhood and youth

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In a moving portrait of growing up black and female in America, Ione focuses on the three very different women who raised her. (Feb.)

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