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Calling my name

by Tamani, Liara,

Format: Kindle Book 2017 2017
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"Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose"--
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Through 53 vignettes set in the 1990s, Tamani deftly weaves a story of family, friendship, and identity. Taja Brown lives in Houston with her older brother, Damon; her younger sister, Naima; and her thoughts. Living with devout Christian parents, Taja must figure out how to navigate movements she feels that bring her closer to God but aren't her parents' kind of religion. She grows up through crushes, first kisses, and losing her virginity to her first boyfriend, even after her parents give them both purity rings. Later, she denies to a friend that she is no longer a virgin and grapples with feelings of shame and guilt. Taja also questions why Damon thinks it's OK to call girls easy; why he can have his own phone line but her dad says that's just the way it is when she asks why she can't have her own; and the weight of societal pressures put on girls and women. Although Taja thinks often about the unspoken rules and misogyny of African American religious culture (Sister Davis has to wear looser skirts, lighter lipstick, and panty hose if she wants to continue reading church announcements), she doesn't publicly challenge them with her friends or family members. An excellent portrayal of African American culture, gorgeous lyrical prose, strong characters, and societal critique make Tamani's debut a must-read.--Gilfillian, Courtney Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tamani's debut novel brims with heart and soul, following its African-American protagonist, Taja Brown, as she searches for spirituality, love, and a sense of self during middle school and high school. Expressive writing creates intimacy from the outset, and Taja's relationship with God is especially absorbing; even when her spirituality isn't explicitly discussed, it shapes her actions and the way she views the world. Her honesty about her doubts and her desire find God on her own terms make her relatable and real. "I want to tell Gigi everything: my doubts about good people going to hell just because they happen to be a different religion or happen to mow their lawns or wash their cars or plant begonias on Sunday instead of going to church," Taja reflects during a visit to see her ailing great-grandmother. "Most of all, I want to tell Gigi about the God I feel inside of me when I get still." The discussion of religion never feels heavy handed or prescriptive; it's clear that Taja's journey is hers alone. Ages 14-up. Agent: Jennifer Carlson, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Families Texas Fiction
African Americans Fiction
Coming of age Fiction
Family life Texas Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Texas Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062656889
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