Straight, No Chaser by Jill Nelson

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Blending memoir, essay, and political analysis, the first African-American writer at The Washington Post's Sunday magazine takes a look at what it takes to grow black and female in the United States. 35,000 first printing. Tour."

About Jill Nelson

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Jill Nelson is the author of the bestselling Volunteer Slavery, which won an American Book Award, and Straight, No Chaser. She also edited the anthology Police Brutality. She is a regular contributor to US media, including Village Voice and, and her work has appeared in Essence, New York Times, The Nation, New York Review of Books and USA Today, among many other publications. She currently teaches at the City College of New York. Sexual Healing is her first novel.
Published February 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As an African-American woman, Nelson says she is forced to stand on the bottom rung of the social ladder, and she devotes much of her book to allocating blame--to white men, white women (including feminists), and black men.

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Most potent are her criticisms of black women who prop up patriarchy--from nationalist matriarch Queen Mother Moore, who endorsed polygamy, to those who supported the Million Man March--and of black leaders who have done little to change society.

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