Aunties: Thirty-Five Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother (Paperback)

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An aunt is not just another mother—and aunts defy any sort of archetypal image. Like humanity, they span the spectrum, from down-home Auntie Em to the uninhibited Auntie Mame. Some aunts are smart, others are crazy. Some act bravely, others downright foolish. Now in Ingrid Sturgis’s marvelous Aunties, she gives these extraordinary women their due, sharing a wonderful, eclectic collection of thirty personal essays that explore the complex, seldom-profiled bond between aunts and their nieces and nephews.

Profiling a variety of aunts from different cultures, temperaments, and walks of life—the surrogate mother, the wild aunt, the eccentric aunt, the mentor—the essays are written by well-known journalists and authors such as Pearl Cleage and M.J. Rose, as well as everyday people . . . all of whom bring their subjects to stirring life in their own unique ways.

“Tia Sonia” made her living as an old-world witch in Honduras, providing her niece, Beverly James, with a tenuous connection to the country of her birth—and imparting a valuable lesson after she fails to predict her own tragic demise; the dramatic and glamorous “Tropical Aunts”—also known as Aunt Debs and Aunt Ava—ventured north from Florida only twice, but left an indelible mark on Enid Shomer’s ideas about being an independent woman; in the heartwarming “Bloodsense,” Mark Holt-Shannon’s magical Aunt Lolly, a woman with a heart as big as the ocean, provided unconditional love—and a bridge between three boys and the father who left them all behind.

A wonderful celebration of family, Aunties is a labor of the heart and a show of reverence to the women whose intangible gifts of love and respect often pass without recognition. Through the vivid memories of real relationships, these narratives pay tribute to aunts everywhere.

About the Author

A lifetime member of the New York Association of Black Journalists, Ingrid Sturgis is the editor of The former managing editor of BET Weekend and Savoy magazine, Sturgis has also worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Emerge. She is the author of The Nubian Wedding Book. Sturgis was born and raised in New York City and lives with her husband in New Jersey.

Praise For…

“A powerful multidimensional collection that pays tribute to the enduring love and influence of our ‘second mothers.’ Aunties is a literary gem that touches the heart and nurtures the soul.”
—TRACY PRICE-THOMPSON, bestselling author of Chocolate Sangria and A Woman’s Worth

“I was moved to tears when I found my real aunts coming back to life in these the pages.”
—PARRY BROWN, author of Sittin’ in the Front Pew

“This eloquent collection [of personal narratives] installs all ‘aunties’ to their deserved place of honor in the family.”
—CAROL JENKINS, author of Black Titan

“From Harlem to Alaska, the women featured in this endearing collection make us realize just how important aunties can be, and how the most untraditional families, can sometimes be the strongest.”
—B. SMITH, host of B. Smith with Style

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345452696
ISBN-10: 0345452690
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: April 13th, 2004
Pages: 224
Language: English

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