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Everybody come alive : a memoir in essays

Everybody come alive : a memoir in essays / Marcie Alvis Walker.
First edition.
New York : Convergent, [2023]
Physical Description
xiv, 267 pages ; 22 cm
"Dazzling essays on faith, family and being a Black woman in America that explore what we do with the legacies we inherit, the faith that shapes our responses, and how we rebuild our stories for those who come after us--from the author of the popular blog Black Coffee with White Friends. On her blog, Marcie Alvis-Walker creates spaces for conversations about cultural norms, race, faith, and womanhood that encourage readers to unburden themselves from misconceptions they've inherited about the nature of God and their own identities. Now, in Everybody Come Alive, a deeply intimate and illuminating collection of lyrical essays written largely for a Black audience, Alvis-Walker invites readers into stories and personal histories from her own life. She tells candidly of her experience as a curious daughter raised under the watchful eye of the matriarchs who came before her. Readers are transported into stories of family, loyalty, and ambition; of assimilation, self-preservation, and risk; of creativity and the exercise of freedom. These essays reveal a journey of both inheritance and creation-a grappling of the things we are given, the things we must carry, and the ways we co-create life anew for ourselves and our communities. "Let us rejoice let us rejoice let us rejoice," Alvis-Walker writes. "On the bad days when no one speaks for us let us rejoice. On the long days when all seems to speak against us let us rejoice, and on the empty days when no one can see us let us rejoice let us rejoice let." Alvis-Walker's unforgettable writing challenges readers to hold the contradictions that become inevitable and essential to every moment we encounter-moments that ultimately comprise the whole of our lives"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Alvis-Walker, Marcie. Everybody come alive New York : Convergent, 2023
Added to Catalog
December 06, 2023
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-267).
A story before we begin
Part I: Black. All about me: 1970s-'80s Black girl edition
The wisdom of Solomon and Laura Ingalls
Rumble in the jungle
Shiny baubles and trinkets and stones
The rapture of the royal wedding
Gale force winds
Love like that
The white lion takes her coffee black
Part II: Woman. Dear Phyllis Schlafly, greetings from the dark side of the moon
Jimi Hendrix lands on the moon
The stuff I'm made of
Deadly beautiful
Very dark, very beautiful
Public enemy haiku
Black mammy beauty
What Tamir Rice's mother said
Black single mothers are made of stardust
Jubilee day for afros
The beautiful
Part III: Holy. A bedtime fable
Jovie, a modern retelling of the story of Job
Monroe, the stormtrooper
Prayer of petition for the canonization of Sister Thea Bowman
Princess Nada P. Jones
Who shot Mickey?
The dark side of mercy
More groves than O.J.
Mommie and me at the well
Eleanor Bumpurs lives next door to Mr. Cosby
Marcie Alvis living
Sandy (still) speaks
Of loss and lament
Afterword. Wakanda: Where Breonna lives forever
Not enough and too many books.

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