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Not a who's who, this mind-blowing book is nothing less than a revisioning of American history. I decided i wasn't going to take notes, but midway through the first chapter i had to go back and start jotting down facts. Rife with historical heroes we should all be celebrating, this book is vital reading for anyone interested in history.
I practically specialize reading about sassy girls. This collection has some of the most bad-ass girls i've had the pleasure to read. Each of the stories is a quick glimpse of a day or two into the lives of some amazing characters. Whenever a girlchild is the narrator, the voice is strong, strong. It's really a pleasure to read Toni Cade Bambara. I'm generally not a short story reader, so this collection is definitely something special.
summer read. Parts of it had me laughing out loud. Hard to tell which is funnier: the performance art pieces or the messed-up lives of the Fang children as adults. Smart and hilarious.
Lovely and atmospheric. Set
in 1939-40 Berlin & Paris and 1992 Berlin & Poland, the jazz
setting is immediate and engaging. There is a plot woven in, dealing
with visas and betrayals, but that is less interesting than the glimpses
into war-time Europe. It's an interesting view into a subculture. One
of the characters, Delilah, trash-talks both Lil Hardin Armstrong &
Josephine Baker. I would have cut her with a bottleneck was i there. But i suppose it was
in character, so forgivable. A truly evocative read.
Despite it's inflammatory title, the characters come to the logical conclusion that - obviously - they want to be a pea. Super cute hippos and birds! Friendship tested, but true! Costumes and cross dressing! Parties! But, most importantly, sweet peas!