By Mary J. Dowell
Author Mary Dowell’s Playing Through the Fence is an essential read, not just for those in the workforce, but for all goal-oriented women fixed on elevating their quality of life — socially, professionally, spiritually, and financially.
The back-cover blurb includes one of those ‘let’s be clear’ statements regarding the symbolism of the words ‘ the fence’ in its title. It is an explicit reference to the inevitable barriers life presents or, as expressed, ‘the crossroads where struggle meets opportunity.’
MUD FLOWER BLOOMING portrays the life journey of Jewelle, the heroine in this event-filled saga.
SISTER: An African-American Life in Search of Justice Sylvia Bell White & Jody LePage uwpress.wisc.edu
Sylvia Bell White was raised with 12 brothers in Louisiana, a state that didn’t provide schools for African American children through the 1940s. She went north as a teenager, dreaming of a nursing career and a freedom defined in part by wartime rhetoric about American ideals. In Milwaukee she and her brothers persevered through racial rebuffs and discrimination to find work. Barred by both her gender and color from employment in the city’s factories, Sylvia scrubbed floors, worked as a nurse’s aide, and took adult education courses.
Former First Lady Rosylnn Carter said, “There are four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. Cornwall intersperses real life stories from 86 interviews and hundreds of personal conversations with advice on how to approach the critical issues and decisions facing a cancer caregiver.
Linda J. Concroft