Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick

Hitting A Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick

Stories From the Harlem Renaissance

eBook - 2020
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In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston-the sole black student at the college-was living in New York, "desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world." During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2020
ISBN: 9780062915818
Characteristics: text file, rda

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uncommonreader
Dec 19, 2020

Good historic record and interesting stories.

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mosermorse
Nov 26, 2020

I read Their Eyes Were Watching God and loved it, but I didn’t finish this collection. I think it was just me; I don’t think I read it with the aspiration to see Ms. Hurston develop as a writer, and I think that’s the point of the book. As I did enjoy TEWWG so much, I’ll try reading another one of her novels.

mko123 Sep 29, 2020

I really loved these short stories. They bring to life a cast of quirky, country folk based on Hurston's small home town. There is humor, double-dealing, raucous men and strong women.
The dialect is delightful, once you get the hang of it and the culture is so rich.

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brangwinn
Jan 30, 2020

I found the introduction to this book by Genevieve West particularly helpful in helping me understand Huston’s growth as a writer. Although I struggled with the black dialect, it was a necessary part of the story. I found myself reading much of the conversation out loud to understand what was said. What Hurston did so adeptly was showing the sad side of love, how race and poverty puts people in positions that aren’t favorable to them. Hurston’s ability to observe people and then recreate them in short stories is evident. Yes, this wasn’t my favorite book, but it is an important book in helping me to understand how a writer’s talents are developed.

ArapahoeAlice Jan 10, 2020

Fascinating collection! These stories were written almost 100 years ago, yet they retain their power. The stories are set Eastonville, Florida where Hurston grew up. It was an all-black town where African Americans could live as they desired, independent of white society.
Hurston is known for using the dialect of that time. If you are puzzled by a sentence, read it out loud and it often becomes clear.
What I enjoyed most about the stories (which do have varying literary quality because some of them were written when she was quite young) is that Hurston beautifully captured the African-American culture of that time. She conducted anthropological and ethnographic research while she was a student at Barnard College and Columbia University, and her knowledge of black culture and folklore informs her stories.

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KarenDem
Nov 12, 2019

neither library has audio, only ebooks, on new shelf as of 3/12/20

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