February Book Reviews

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Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption by Barbara Katz Rothman – Ms. Rothman takes on some of the biggest issues in our society. Whole chapters are devoted to such topics as race labels and what they mean, motherhood and how it has changed in the last two generations, race matching in the adoption process, and the issues facing white women raising black children. This book is wise, personal, well researched, and often very funny.  amazon.com price $23.00

Good Hair: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Weaves When the Chemicals Became Too Ruff – I’ve been on a quest to find a good book for African-American hair care and there just aren’t that many out there.  If you know of one please let me know!  Good Hair covers grooming tools, shampooing, conditioning, and daily maintenance; suggests substituting light texturizing for perming; describes newer wet-set styling approaches; and offers pragmatic “lifestyle” advice about coping with humidity, wind, and hot and cold weather. Its a good starter, and while its not aimed at children if you are adopting trans-racially its a good book to have.  amazon.com price $9.99

I Love My Hair! -Written for ages 4-8yrs.  A young African-American girl describes the familiar mother-daughter nightly ritual of combing the tangles out of her hair. When she cries because it hurts, her sympathetic mother tells her how lucky she is to have such beautiful hair. Imaginatively, the woman goes on to say that she can spin it into a fine, soft bun or “plant rows of braids” along her scalp, prompting her daughter to think of other wonderful things she likes about her hair.  A great book that celebrates the beauty of African-American hair. amazon.com price $6.99

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