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Reviews and praise for Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2003)

Longing to Tell is a landmark book in black letters and scholarship. For the first time, we hear the loving, bracing, hurting, humorous, wise, angry, hopeful—and above all honest—voices of black women speaking about sexuality and intimacy. Rose's introduction and afterword brilliantly chart the challenging terrain that black women must navigate in embracing healthy and mature sexual selves.

     -Michael Eric Dyson, author of Why I Love Black Women

A brave, honest, groundbreaking book on black women's sexuality. If there is one book you must read on the subject, Longing to Tell is the one. The intimate lives of African-American women have been shrouded in secrecy or wrapped in myth. Tricia Rose's oral histories capture the complexity of an aspect of our lives about which there has been too much silence. We need more stories like these.

-Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College, and coauthor of Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African-American Communities

If Freud called woman 'the dark continent of man' then the sexuality of black women has truly been the dark continent of the African-American tradition. To read so very much of African-American literature before 1970 is to presume that black women did not experience sexual intimacy, or even discuss it. This pioneering collection by Tricia Rose is as significant to the African-American autobiographical tradition as the depiction of Janie's evolving sexuality in Their Eyes Were Watching God was to African-American literature.

-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities and Chair of Afro-American Studies, Harvard University

Tricia Rose reminds us of the transformative power of conversation in her terrific collection of oral histories: Longing to Tell. And, like great conversation, the book is provocative and inspiring... As with any genuine work, the stories linger. One might say that Rose found herself 20 remarkable black women, but it's more likely that ordinary black women are in dire need of this kind of time and attention and space. Rose's skills as an interviewer and editor are evident. Turns of phrase, tenor and tone convey character as much as the women's opinions and biographical information. Rose deftly crafts narratives that hold together not only detail by detail, but also by what is left unresolved... Rose's book is best enjoyed slowly, one woman's story at a time.

-Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx, May 29, 2003

As an African-American woman who feels deeply compelled to reach out to other African-American women, to learn about them and about myself, I am often very frustrated at the level of discourse that is routinely passed off in the media - yes, both mainstream and African-American media - as being truly representative of all black women. So many of the superficial, cardboard archetypes that are presented - the baby mama, the loveless career woman who is waiting for a black man to make her whole so that she can "exhale," the gangbanger, the avaricious rump-shaking rap video seductress, the funny fat girl with loads of finger-popping attitude, the longsuffering nurturer, the white girl's selfless best friend/spiritual-soulfulness guru - seem unable or unwilling to get to the heart of who we really ARE, what we are really thinking and feeling about ourselves, our lives, our bodies. Thank God for this collection! These honest, thoughtful, first-person accounts read like transcripts of deep conversations, spiritual exchanges of intimate confidences between these remarkable women and me as spread out over a life- long friendship. reader from Chicago

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