July 6, 2009

Village Book Club: 'Family Affair' by Gil Robertson


I'm currently reading 'Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today'. Gil Robertson IV edited this collection of short, autobiographical essays in which 76 Black professionals detail how their families played a role in their success, either as springboards, or barriers to be overcome.

The book is divided into five parts: Family, Culture, Relationships, Community and Self.

I've completed the first part on Family. There were 14 essays in this section. Ironically the first essay is written by Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI) who's son did an awful lot to disgrace the family name with his actions as former mayor of Detroit.

My favorite essay in the Family section is titled, 'The Out-House Generation' written by Atlanta-based Raegan Burden.

Have any villagers read this book? If so, what did you think?

1 comment:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there!

I haven't read the book but it sounds really interesting!!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa