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  • School & Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613362268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613362269
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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By T. Kenard on March 22 2004
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book - I had put it off for a long time for some reason, but I'm glad I finally sat down & read it. I admired Sarah Bredlove's perseverence to go after her dream which was propelled by her adversities while growing up. This books gives the age-old message; keep your head up, follow your dreams & if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing will be impossible unto you.
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By Natalie on March 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I waited a year before I read this book, I deeply regret this.
I was absolutely amazed at the way this book was written. I couldn't put this book down until it was completed! I read it everywhere!
When I read this book, it was like I was transported into the story. If I believed in time travel, I'd swear that Tananarive went back in time to witness and record Madame C. J. Walker's real life story.
This is a must read. I look forward to reading all the books that Tananarive writes. All of her books are absolutely amazing!
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I've read much about Madame Walker and how she created an empire through sheer determination and hard work, yet most of these accounts don't give a whole lot of insight into Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, the person behind the legend. Madame Walker's life is such an awe-inspiring one that you can hardly blame her biographers if they seemed to focus mainly on her business accomplishments. But there was so much more to her. I understand that this is historical fiction, and as such, certain instances and characters are fabricated, but the gist of the book is based on research completed by Alex Haley. Still there are certain things that remain unknown about the great lady.
Because this is a novel, it allowed the author to create dialogue and situations that may not have actually happened to Madame Walker, but were certainly possiblities for Black women during that time period. The slights from other Black folks who thought themselves superior to the former laundress, the incident with the White men who accosted her when she was alone at the train station, pulling a gun on her cheating husband in a hotel room with his other woman, these incidents may not have occured to Madame Walker as described by Due, but these situations help flesh out the story.
Madame Walker believed in herself and in the worthiness of Black women when no one else did. Unlike other wealthy women of that era, Madame was a self-made millionaire. Her wealth didn't come from marriage or inheritance, and she helped other women make their own money along the way. Despite all this, there were those who held her in disdain either because of her humble beginnings or because they thought that she was only trying to get Black women to straighten their hair.
Tananarive Due is an wondrous storyteller, and this book will impress upon the reader just how remarkable Madam Walker really was.
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Format: Paperback
Many historians think that fictionalized accounts are useless. Being a historian myself, I have to beg to differ in this case. Due's facts were well-researched and her dialogue brought life to a character that many of us know only by name. I feel as if I knew Madame, as if I loved her, as if I mourned her, and as if I was taking a walk with her through hardship, loss, and, ultimately, to triumph's door. Due did a fantastic job of bringing to life the legacy of Madame CJ Walker.
Thank you for remembering our history.
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Format: Paperback
[Note: This review originally appeared August 14, 2000, in the Seattle Times and is available online at ...P>This skillful biographical novel is about a woman who could have shown Horatio Alger what it really means to start with less than nothing and succeed against all odds by means of perseverance, imagination, talent, and generosity.
In "The Black Rose," Longview author Tananarive Due ("My Soul to Keep") has traced the career of Madame C. J. Walker, America's first black millionaire. Due based her narrative on research that Alex Haley had gathered for a book on Walker, which he planned to write in the style of "Roots" but failed to finish before his death.
Madame Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 in Delta, Louisiana, to former slaves. When her parents died of yellow fever (she was only seven), she and her sister moved to Mississippi and found work doing laundry for white people. Later Sarah married and gave birth to a daughter, Lelia, then was widowed when her beloved husband was killed for protesting against injustices at work.
For fourteen years, during an era of violent prejudice against black people, Sarah worked as a washerwoman, eventually moving to St. Louis in search of a better life for Lelia. Sarah had always been intrigued by small businesses, from one-man fish stands to laundries that jobbed out their services. And she was a problem-solver. One day she bought an ointment that failed to ease a painful scalp condition, and it happened just when she'd begun worrying about teenaged Lelia's poor self-image in a world of white beauty standards.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read each of Tananarive Due's books and have enjoyed them immensely. This account of Madame CJ Walker's life was such an enjoyable read. I am thankful that Ms. Due reminded readers in the end that this was a book of fiction because I had become so engrossed in the storyline, I must admit that I forgot it was fiction. I did not know much about the life of Madame Walker but this story shed a lot of light and most of all it stressed for me that you must not allow fear to stand in your path. I will continue to support anything written by Tananarive Due and thanks for a wonderful story.
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