Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Me, My Hair and I

Idgie Says:
These are great stories.  I really enjoyed reading through them.  As all women know, we go between loving and hating our hair (mainly the hate part I think) and also have the unfortunate tendency to take our emotional state out on our hair.   We cut it, dye it, curl it, threaten it... all depending on what's going on in our lives.   We seem rarely satisfied. 

These are stories of women who express themselves through their hair.  They tell life stories of how certain haircuts affected them, or how their lives affected their hair.  Some of the stories are amusing, many are introspective and all make you realize how much of an integral part of your personality your hair is.

I believe you will nod knowingly through many of these pages. 


Algonquin Books
September 29, 2015

Book Description:
Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world.

Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women’s lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality.

They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli’s Venus.

The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory—and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo.

Hair matters. And these writers go to great lengths to help us understand why.