Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

It’s almost like these three sisters are a part of my family… I grew up in Sweden (New York, too, and by the time I read this book, was making my own life in London in my late teens). The world around me was not exactly celebrating cultural diversity… this book, and books like “The Color Purple,” “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and “Beloved,” took me by the hand, held me, beckoned me into womanhood, aroused a love of my heritage, and love for myself. I ate this book in one serving. It was passed down my by mother… again, I’ve given it to my daughters and waited, impatiently, to talk to them about it as they’ve read.