Motherless Child - stories from a life
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Imagine you gave a baby up for adoption forty years ago, and after years of trying to find her, she finds you. Now come the hard questions. She's healthy, beautiful, and successful, but she wants to know why you gave her away and why you didn't marry her father. And there is also the unspoken question of "What kind of black woman gives her baby away?" How do you explain to her that giving her away was the best gift you could offer? This is Sarah Weathersby's first published work, a coming-of-age-in-the-sixties-single-black-pregnant and on the way to Germany, memoir.
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Sep 8, 2009"A Cozy Chat with Sarah" Opening the cover of Motherless Child - stories from a life is like arriving at Sarah's home, where she welcomes you with that special brand of southern hospitality, invites you to sit down for a spell and have a nice tall drink of ice tea while she tells you stories from her past. Reading this book brought back memories from my own childhood of sitting in my grandmother's parlor and having her tell us stories of life from yesteryear, while gently rocking back and forth in her rocking chair. I could almost hear the creak of the floorboards as her chair went back and forth over that well worn track. Ms. Weathersby tells her life's story in a very conversational style, inviting the reader to get to know her and her family in a very cozy manner. Although Ms. Weathersby starts with some of her earliest memories, and the book ends with the most recent, Motherless Child is not written in a strictly chronological manner. She starts off to tell you about one... More > point in her life, and in order to help you understand will embark on another story providing the back story to the fabric of her life. Through the telling of her life, Ms. Weathersby also provides the reader with a keen perspective of history as it was happening from her point of view. We see the major events, such as Martin Luther King, John F. and Robert Kennedy's assassinations through her eyes and her observations of her family and friends to the same events. Motherless Child was written to give her daughter Teal, whom she had to put up for adoption 40 years before, the story of her life and why she couldn't keep her baby. The agony over the decision to do so, and the hole that left in her heart for all of those years after, come shining through the words on the page. We feel the pain of separation along with Sarah, as well as her inability to forgive herself for having made that decision and how it colors her life from that point on. Through Sarah's eyes, we see her awakening to the division of people by the color of their skin, how her mother developed her sense of pride of self and what she could accomplish, and how it felt to go from an all black school to a racially integrated one. Through the pages of Motherless Child I came to admire Ms. Weathersby a great deal. No matter what she set her mind to accomplish, she did. After choosing to attend a university which only had six black students in her first year, she decided to learn German and ultimately studied abroad for a year in Germany. She spoke the language so fluently that when she confronted a professor about the lack of black faculty on the staff, she was then offered a position at the school as long as she completed the necessary graduate work. While she chose not to follow that course of action, she later decided to throw her hat into the extremely male dominated technology ring at a time when it was just starting to put its name on the map. I don't think it ever occurred to her that she might not succeed at anything she tried, and so she did succeed. It would be remiss of me not to mention the cover of the book. It is very simple in concept as it appears to be family photos on a mantle, yet in its simplicity conveys to the reader a sense of what the book is about. Through the eyes of Sarah Gordon Weathersby, we see and experience a slice of life from a very intimate perspective. This book delivers laughter and tears as we experience Sarah's life with her, and leaves the reader feeling uplifted. Bravo. To read the full review visit: the Lulu Book Review.< Less
Mar 3, 2009"very emotional read for me" I find it thrilling to be able to have an association with a published author, so when I hear of internet Friends who have a publication available, I have no problem supporting that author. So it goes that I came to purchase “motherless child..stories from a life” by Sarah Gordon Weathersby. I purchased the book a few days after it was available and started reading it the day I received it. I thought it was a nice coincidence that her family consisted of four boys and two girls, like my own. Reading stories about the whole family traveling long distances brought back Chevy Chase Vacation-type memories of our travels. Then I got to page 38, where Saraphen talks about family struggling to show love. I had to put the book down. It was just getting too close. So that book sat on top of the counter for a few months. Something inside me told me that it would drain me, that she was going to dredge up a lot that I choose to not think about and not... More > discuss. For a few months I walked by that book several times a day, and resented that book, not unlike how I resent the treadmill when I walk past it. Looking at both made me think of things that I continue to put off addressing. But as I sat stranded while my car was being fixed, I decided to try it again. I am now even more convinced that the character of a person is mostly about how you choose to push through your difficult experiences. I’ve said before that you learn more about a person in how they handle their losses, than how they handle their “wins”. What sets the author apart is the courage she shows in communicating her highest of highs, and lowest of lows. Not everyone, including myself, is ready to “wash me” in that manner. But knowing you aren't the only one who has fought similar battles is helpful, a start. I wish the author the best of luck in her future endeavors, and look forward to any future installments of “motherless child…” Definitely a winner!< Less
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- Sarah Weathersby (Standard Copyright License)
- Sarah Weathersby
- May 29, 2008
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.01 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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