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Epic Lives: One Hundred Black Women Who Made a Difference.

You may have glimpsed Jessie Carney Smith's reference book of 500 biographies, Notable Black American Women (see Book Review, June 1992), and thought, Wow! You may also have been intimidated by its price ($75) or its length (1,300+ pages). Now, there's the next best thing: Epic Lives: One Hundred Black Women Who Made a Difference.

This condensed version of NBAW contains profiles of past and present trailblazers and singular sensations in the arts, business, education, politics and other fields. Many of the subjects--Marian Anderson, Aretha Franklin, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, Sojourner Truth, Oprah Winfrey--are household names. Others are not but should be: Women such as aviator Bessie Coleman; lawyer-turned-Episcopalian priest, Pauli Murray, and Maggie Lena Walker, first woman bank president in the United States.

Like its "mother," Epic Lives is a boon to black women's studies.

--Tonya Bolden Epic Lives: One Hundred Black Women Who Made A Difference edited by Jessie Carney Smith; Visible Ink Press, Detroit 1993, 605 pp, $18.95
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Author:Bolden, Tonya
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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