As is obvious from the title, today’s #TwoForTuesday blog post prompt is Two Books Written by Women of Color. Thank you, Rae of Rae’s Reads and Reviews blog for supplying the prompt.
I’ve chosen two books that have nothing in common except they’re both written by women of color.
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Of the nearly one million Rwandans who lost their lives in the 1994 genocide in that country, college student Immaculee Ilibagiza lost most of her relatives. This book is her telling of the story. Indeed, she believes she was “left to tell.”
Ms. Ilibagiza and seven other women hid in the bathroom in a local pastor’s house for 91 days during the violence. During her ordeal she was able to come to understand the true meaning of forgiveness. Afterwards, she sought out and forgave her family’s killers.
This is an extraordinary story!
Jackie Tales: The Magic of Creating Stories and the Art of Telling Them, by Jackie Torrence
Switching gears completely from Left to Tell, the other book I’m highlighting today is Jackie Tales: The Magic of Creating Stories and the Art of Telling Them, by Jackie Torrence. Ms. Torrence was a reference librarian in High Point, North Carolina and a master storyteller.
This delightful book not only includes 16 folk tales but also has Ms. Torrence’s stage directions so the reader can learn many techniques of good storytelling.
With an introduction by Ossie Davis and a host of up-close photographs illustrating the wonderfully expressive face of Ms. Torrence, this book is a real gem for anyone aspiring to be a writer, a storyteller, or an entertaining reader to children.
Ms. Torrence had quite a gift and the storytelling world will never forget her. I found myself laughing out loud as I read each of the stories in this book. Bravo!
Until my next blog post
Let’s continue the conversation
Have you read either of today’s books?
Have you ever considered honing your storytelling talent and sharing your gift with others?