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Quilt of souls : a memoir


"A memoir of a Detroit child raised in Alabama by her grandmother, whose storytelling and quilt-making open up a world of drama, passion, and African American identity"-- Provided by publisher.
At age four Elmore was plucked off her front porch in Detroit and dropped on her grandmother Lula Horn's doorstep in rural Alabama. She felt utterly abandoned until Grandma Lula showed her both all-encompassing love and her intricate "Quilts of Souls." Listening intently as Lula told epic stories of folks who had passed on, the quilts allowed Elmore to paint word-portraits of extraordinary Black women born before and after the Civil War. They are enslaved people, laundresses, storytellers, healers, and quilters whose stories have gone untold until now. Weaving back and forth through time, Elmore pieces together true tales of racism, sexism, and colorism, but also strength and pride. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 9781623545161 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1623545161 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Watertown, MA : Imagine!, [2022]

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Formatted Contents Note:
City girl going country -- The country -- Courageous Ella -- Cooter -- Livingstone -- Bethel Hill -- Miss Daisy -- G.C. -- Two peas in a pod -- Mama Nall -- Miss Jubilee -- 'Twixt Laurel and Livin'ston -- Bessie's wrath -- No sugarcoating -- The big reveal -- Reunion -- Broken -- Fixed -- Transpired -- Days of reckoning -- A season of loss and remembrance.
Subject: Elmore, Phyllis Biffle.
African American women > Alabama > Biography.
Grandparent and child.
African American women.
Grandparent and child.
Genre: Biographies.

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