Life Notes

Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women

Patricia Bell-Scott (Editor)

Overview | Inside the Book

Life Notes is the first collection devoted exclusively to writings from the journals, diaries, and personal notebooks of contemporary black women.

These intensely personal testimonies illuminate the complexities of black women's lives, offering unique reflections about self, family, intimacy, work, politics, life transitions, violation, and recovery.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31206-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 432 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Featured here are works by such well-known authors as bell hooks, Jamaica Kincaid, Rita Dove, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker, as well as by emerging and previously unpublished writers. The contributors are native daughters from three continents and the Caribbean, ranging in age from eight to sixty. Never in all the years have I encountered as intimate work as Life Notes. Each woman spoke secretly to me and only me, and I appreciated every admission.” — Maya Angelou

Life Notes is a collection of pieces that are intimate and universal, accessible and profound. Let traditional novelists eat their hearts out—for these women have written their hearts out.” — Gloria Steinem

“Intimate, impassioned, often heartbreaking. . . . Reading through it is immensely rewarding—like having an hour-long, tell-all phone conversation with a close friend.” — Kirkus Reviews

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