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Souls of My Sisters.

Souls of My Sisters Dawn Marie Daniels & Candance Sandy Dafina Books, October 2000, $15.00, ISBN 1-575-66653-7

This compilation of 76 essays from black women of all walks of life has one goal in mind: to promote healing and celebration through stories of their self-discovery, spirituality, family relations and love. Life lessons are shared by many from ordinary, everyday sisters to powerhouse celebrities including Mary J. Blige, Lisa Raye, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Patti LaBelle.

Daniels and Sandy want black women to have the opportunity to see themselves in each other's stories. They also hope to promote unity through experience and show black women that they are not alone in their daily struggles. Most importantly, they are creating a legacy to pass on to the next generation of black women. "While we've had each other, we've often wished we had other women to pass their wisdom of experience to us."

The personal stories are well-written and easy to curl up with on a rainy day. Some will make you laugh out loud, while others may conjure painful memories and leave you in tears. Some of the most touching ones include "The Human Touch" by Linda A. Meyers, M.D., wherein she describes her care and treatment of a patient dying of heart, lung and kidney disease. In "The Girl in the Gang," Yashema Blake describes her desperation to get out of a big-city gang; and in "Discover Me" soul sister Sandra St. Victor explores the inner battles brought on by becoming a successful singer.

While the book is a good read from cover to cover, readers may wish to go out of sequence and find solace in stories about their own pressing issues. Those that don't move you right away may captivate you later, when they're most needed.

Souls of My Sisters is worth picking up for all women who may need a hand to hold or a reassuring nudge from sisters who've been through it all. Share it with the elder women in your life. You may find that there are stories from your own lives you can share to heal, empower and uplift.

Kyissa C. Markland is an editorial assistant at Essence magazine.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Ellis, Kelly
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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