Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in America
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION... The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion." In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays. Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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I moved in and kissed her without hesitation. Pretty long and with tongues. "You'
re a better kisser than I thought." "Teach me to be better." I kissed her again. "Not
here, this is your own sister's bed." "Exactly." "You're sick." "I know." "I've got to go
I kissed through her nightgown just past her belly button, and she jackknifed
around my head but urged it away. "Someday we will make love," she said. At six
twenty-three I tucked her in with a thousand kisses. Four hours later, after brunch
I don't know why, but I didn't stop him as he cupped my face and suddenly kissed
my lips. I couldn't believe it, but it felt so natural. It was the first time I had ever
kissed a man. I had never felt a spasm of sexual attraction toward a man. Honest
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review