"Everyone has a story to tell...
it takes courage to speak the hard truths of our imperfect human existence."
I get my inspiration to write from the colorful lives of my siblings, the many people I've met, and the advice given by Theodore Isaac Rubin. He says that...
We must learn to love the "fool" in ourselves -
That part of us that feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes but loses more, lacks self-control, loves, hates, laughs and cries.
Segregated Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1950s was not an easy place for a young, black girl to grow up and thrive. Author Linda Joyce, the ninth of eleven children, survived many challenging childhood circumstances too hopeless for most people to overcome.
The author makes history come alive as she describes the indomitable spirit and resolve required to overcome the many obstacles faced by a young, black female—not only in her family, but in a society not easily accepting of people with different-colored skin.
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A mandatory read for anyone who thought they were 'woke' after reading 'Waking up White'. The author takes us on her trip of growing up in mid-century Atlanta Georgia; through her memories of life in a poor Black neighborhood, of her lively siblings and her mother's interminable work schedule, she gives us insight into a parallel world. There is not a false note in her recreation of poverty in a Southern city at the edge of the civil rights era as the backdrop of her personal memoir. The second room on the right is a sanctuary for a headstrong stubborn girl on her own road to freedom. We want to know that unexceptional room in that classic shotgun house on that street called Arcadia Circle. And we want to know her mama.