➻ [Reading] ➽ I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot ➰ – Heartforum.co



10 thoughts on “I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation

  1. says:

    This book was an interesting read and not one I would have normally picked up Of course it was a second hand find and then it sat on my book shelf for a little while.I ve Known Rivers is about random African American men and women who have overcome great obstacles in their past to gain personal growth, freedom and success Most of the stories I enjoyed reading, learning about and understanding what it was is like to be an African American living in a predominately white society Often I was reminded about the still dividing line between white and black societies today and it wasn t always just whites against blacks but sometimes it was blacks against whites as they didn t want to fit in nor conform In particular I enjoyed reading about the men as they often had a different and a ground base appreciation of where they are now whereas the women like white women were about monetary gain and what they own as if that symbolized acceptance into a white society.


  2. says:

    The book has opened my eyes to a period I lived through, and brought me to see it through the eyes of those whose lives were most touched by the events of the civil rights struggles and successes of the 1960 s and 70 s.Since it was published in 1997, we can look back, but it also gives insight to where we are now, in 2015, still struggling at a different level, to allow rights and opportunities, to Black Americans and to all Americans who struggle against the limitations of this time.Her method interviewing over a substantial period of time so that the conversation becomes a dialogue gives us understanding of the subject and the author It opens up the lives of six admirable people, who moved beyond their circumstances to meaningful and full lives.


  3. says:

    There s so much to appreciate about I ve Known Rivers For me, it s one of the first books in which the experiences reflect the complicated details of everyday life for Black people s intellectual, academic, artistic, personal, professional and socio economic aspirations in modern times the high price of the pursuit of excellence.


  4. says:

    I ve read this book, a collection of interviews of African American intellectuals and academics, and cried The stories are deeply moving I especially like the interview with the theologian Katie Cannon, but they are all good Lawrence s writing style isn t always as crisp as I would like, but I can empathize with her difficulty cutting down on such great material.


  5. says:

    Each day I wait impatiently for the moment that I can crawl back into the pages of what is quickly becoming my favorite book The author is turning each new character into a powerful teacher in my life


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I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation In I Ve Known Rivers, Sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Practices Her Unique Human Archaeology, Peeling Back The Layers Of Six Extraordinary Lives What She Creates Is A Wholly Original Work, A Penetrating Portrait Of The Lives Of Middle Class African Americans That Has Not Been Seen BeforeThe Six Storytellers In Lightfoot S Work Are Poised In Midlife, The Time We All Look Back As A Way To Anticipate The Future In Dialogue With Lightfoot, They Reconstruct Their Lives With Heroic Candor, Reflecting On The Necessary Losses, The Price Of Privelege Any Reader, Regardless Of Race Or Gender, Will Identify With These Lives, With The Wya Thses Storytellers Live With Contradiction, Change Rage Into Love, And Search For Ways To Give Forward Together These Stories Assume The Power Of A Great Novel, And Through The Mixture Of Losses And Gains, Despair And Hope, Trauma And Recovery, Ambivalence And Ambition, Lightfoot Presents A Very All American Tale The Universal Story Of People Moving Up And Out Of Their Communities Of Origin Toward Some Uncharted FutureLightfoot S Subjects Represent A Vast Range Of Experience Katie Cannon, A Tenured Professor Of Theology, Writes Her Illiterate Father For The First Time Charles Ogletree, A Renowned Criminal Defense Lawyer Teaching At Harvard Law School, Is Haunted By Memories Of A Close Friend, In Jail For Life The Rape Of Her Mother And The Pain Of Her Illgitimacy Open The Story Of Toni Schiesler, Research Chemist And Former Nun Tony Earls, A Psychiatrist Studying The Roots Of Violence, Enjoys The Way Both Science And Jazz Improvisation Enrich His Research A Balance Between Public Acclaim And Intimate Relationships Is The Enduring Goal Of Cheryle Wills, A Glamorous And Successful Entrepreneur In The Final Protrait, Orlando Bagwell, A Documentary Filmmaker, Creates Work That Reveals The Beautiful Ugly Truths Of History