Rebecca Walker


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Huffington Post et al

Hey everyone,

I've spent the whole day trying to fix my laptop, but I've been LOVING all the beautiful letters from readers of Baby Love. Really, they make it all worthwhile. If you feel the urge, post some of those great thoughts on the review page for the book. Those short reviews really have a lot of impact, and sometimes the not so nice people get there first!

Also thought you all might be interested in a blog entry I wrote for the Mothers and Daughters feature on the Huffington Post site. Let me know what you think. I'm happy to be in great company, including and especially that of asha bandele, author of The Prisoner's Wife, one of my favorite memoirs.

So, more to come. I've got a review of another great book, When She Was White, coming up in the Washington Post Book Review, and a few other pieces in the hopper. Stay tuned.

Peace and love,

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Blogger LiteraryAquarian said...

I enjoyed it, laughed about the idea of the imagined ideal Mom, but also reminded myself that our Mothers probably have the same fantasy about us.
Whether their images are good or bad is another question. I think that the idea of the ideal Mom is loosely translated to wanting a Mom that does not hurt us, that acknowledges our pain when she does something to hurt us and apologizes; that expresses their love for us with words and with well-intended actions. Basically, this ideal Mom is in many ways a mixture of the good qualities in our own bio Mom's, and other women.
I know that this is the basis for what my ideal Mom would be, just a tuned-up version of my own biological Mother or at the very least one that has made amends to me for being abusive.
What say you about that?

Blogger tawana said...

I have through the years felt many things towards my mother. See she had three children by age eighteen. Though it was not conscious I followed her in a sense by having a child at fourteen. It was not until I became a true adult that I saw my mother did the best she could with the tools she was given. If truely honest with myself, I don't think I would change her if I could warts and all. See I forgive my mom for actual and percieved wrongs but more important I forgive myself for not being all the things she wanted and needed in a daughter. Thanks Rebecca for your candor, I'm sure mothers and daughters are if nothing else after reading your books are now listening.

Blogger Loc-a-licious said...

i haven't read it yet, but I'll be sure to make it a must read.

Nice blog and I'll be sure to visit again.


Blogger Baltic Amber said...

Have your read Hirsin Ali's book and what do you think about it?

I'll tell you what I think after I read your comments and I'll give you a different perspective from an African point of view.

Blogger Rebecca Walker said...

I haven't read Infidel yet (it's on my desk, under a stack of others I've yet to read), but have followed Ayaan's work for many years and respect the bold, fearless quality of her intellect.

I looked at your site and found it quite accurate and compelling. I spent almost a year in Kenya, mostly on the coast with KiSwahili, and I witnessed the degradation of the human spirit and physical conditions under Moi. Because I was with a Kenyan and look Swahili, I found myself many times harassed by police at gunpoint, stuck on a deserted street with tanks and trucks full of soldiers passing and taking aim, having to bribe officials and endure humiliation just to get basic services like telephone access and extension visas, and so on. I cry for the people of Kenya, and wish so much for them ( and all those who care about humanity) to find some way out of the cycle of destruction. Thanks for writing.

Blogger Kenyan Entrepreneur said...

Kenya is doing a little better under Kibaki (the economy has been growing at around 6% a year, but they still need to bring down those poverty numbers)

What year were you in Kenya?

Thanks for reading my blog (I'd say most of my readers are middle to upper middle class Kenyans who have a very, very, different experience of the country) -- they don't like Moi (nobody did) - but they can't exactly identify with the extreme poverty. So, the discussions can be somewhat one-sided.

I'll be talking about Ali's book soon on my blog.

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