Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs

Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs
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November 10, 2009
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This little book contains the wisdom of the ages, and is guaranteed to produce a smile of appreciation at the sheer sense of the proverbs you will find inside. From advice you wish your mother had given you, to things you probably suspected, but had never put into words, Lifelines is a book to be read, absorbed and treasured.—Pearl Cleage, New York Times best selling author of What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day This illustrated treasury of proverbs unites the timeless wisdom of Black communities in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, while speaking to the triumphs and challenges of everyday life. Lifelines: The Black book of Proverbs travels to all corners of the globe to reclaim and preserve African wisdom. This book offers the remarkably wise heart of Africa and her children to readers experiencing career changes, new births, weddings, death, and other rites of passage. Readers will find truth in the African saying, “When the occasion arises, there is a proverb to suit it.” Proverbs are presented in vibrant story-poem form; and are uniquely arranged by key life cycle events such as birth, initiation, marriage, and death. The proverbs can be found under themes such as “wealth”, “parenting”, “change” and “strength.” Inspired illustrations introduce each section along with beautiful vignettes showing how African proverbs comfort, inspire and instruct during different phases of life. Lifelines illuminates how traditions, civilization and spirit survive and thrive, despite centuries of loss of freedom, family, identity, language, land, and wealth. The proverbs offer wisdom for every stage of our lives. Collected in one place as never before, it is the perfect addition to the book shelves of families large and small, from Nairobi to New Orleans and every city in between.

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

Whether you need sound advice, a good laugh, or just a goodly dose of common sense in these troubling times, LIFELINES: THE BLACK BOOK OF PROVERBS, is the perfect book for you.

Written by hard-working author Askhari Johnson-Hodari (THE AFRICAN BOOK OF NAMES) and Yvonne McCalla Sobers, LIFELINES is a versatile book that sports wisdom, witticism, and total appreciation of life. It is, in the words of author Pearl Cleage, a book "to be read, to be absorbed, and to be treasured!"

Endorsed by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this wonderful little book first preserves the wisdom of Mother Africa, then graciously disperses it among people of all races, nations and walks of life. The book is packaged with a historical look and feel, even down to the illustrations. Artist Katie Yamasaki puts her all into her work, and her illustrations transform the book into a timeless keepsake.

In case you're wondering, good things still do come in small packages. So, for a rare and comprehensive collection of black proverbs you won't find anywhere else, be sure to pick up your copy of LIFELINES today.
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