April 7, 2016

Looking Back - Having Our Say

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah & Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
Nonfiction – Memoir
1994 Turtleback Books
Finished on March 5, 1996
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher’s Blurb:

Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.

Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation's heritage—and an indelible impression on our lives.

My Original Notes:

Wonderful! Very heart-warming and insightful. I feel as if I know Sadie and Bessie after reading this. I think my grandmother would have enjoyed the book. They remind me of her in some ways. I highly recommend this memoir.

My Current Thoughts:

I don’t remember enough about this book to comment, and I no longer own a copy, but it must have been good. I read it in two days!

To read more about the books I read in 1996, click here.


  1. I read this with one of my book groups so many years ago. Most of the members of that book group were older so a lot of the ladies really loved this book and could relate to some of things. Unfortunately like you, I also don't remember hardly any of it just that I did enjoy it.

    1. Iliana, I'm glad I kept a reading journal back in the late 90s, but I wish I had included more details!

  2. I remember that both my mom and I loved this book, and the sequel to it: On My Own at 107, written by Sarah after Bessie passed away. Did you read that one, too? I recently found a copy of it at my library book sale, so I'm going to read it again. Still looking for a copy of Having Our Say, though. I need to reread both of them!

    1. Robin, I never read the sequel to this book, but maybe now I will. I should look for both at my library one of these days.


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