Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick

Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick

Stories From the Harlem Renaissance

eBook - 2020
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In 1925, Zora Neale Hurston was living in New York as a fledgling writer. This collection of stories, found in archives after her death, reveal African American folk culture in Harlem in the 1920s. This book includes eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem gems.
Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062915818
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xliii, 252 pages)


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"Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's lost Harl... Read More »

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Jan 30, 2020

I found the introduction to this book by Genevieve West particularly helpful in helping me understand Huston’s growth as a writer. Although I struggled with the black dialect, it was a necessary part of the story. I found myself reading much of the conversation out loud to understand what was said. What Hurston did so adeptly was showing the sad side of love, how race and poverty puts people in positions that aren’t favorable to them. Hurston’s ability to observe people and then recreate them in short stories is evident. Yes, this wasn’t my favorite book, but it is an important book in helping me to understand how a writer’s talents are developed.

ArapahoeAlice Jan 10, 2020

Fascinating collection! These stories were written almost 100 years ago, yet they retain their power. The stories are set Eastonville, Florida where Hurston grew up. It was an all-black town where African Americans could live as they desired, independent of white society.
Hurston is known for using the dialect of that time. If you are puzzled by a sentence, read it out loud and it often becomes clear.
What I enjoyed most about the stories (which do have varying literary quality because some of them were written when she was quite young) is that Hurston beautifully captured the African-American culture of that time. She conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while she was a student at Barnard College and Columbia University, and her knowledge of black culture and folklore informs her stories.

Nov 12, 2019

neither library has audio, only ebooks, on new shelf as of 3/12/20


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