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Dec 18, 2007
| ISBN 9780307419194
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Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307419194
“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 PrefaceOriginally 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.
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… More about Carole Ione
“Remarkable . . . Engrossing . . . Ione has made an important contribution to both the literature of race and literature of women in America.” —Washington Post Book World“Beautiful . . . Fascinating. . . Remarkable . . . Ione has succeeded brilliantly in unlocking the truth behind all her family’s women. It is a proud legacy to share with the reader.”—Boston Globe
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