Title: Sister Gumbo
Urusula Kindred &
Mirranda Guerin Williams
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 2004
Reviewer: Idrissa Uqdah
Real-life sisters Ursula Kindred and Mirranda Guerin –Williams
from Baton Rouge have put together a delightful potpourri of vignettes from Black women on a number of topics including life,
sex, relationships, marriage, dating and friendship. The women they interviewed
spoke candidly about motherhood, aging, and affairs. Self-image, spirituality in orderly well-arranged chapters. I just wish that they had asked specific questions or asked for more details in the little short stories
that the women tell.
I enjoyed the stories and learned a lot about life in general. I also
Learned what my sisters are thinking and how they are living their lives.
I could easily relate to many of the stories and saw myself in these
Woman more than I’d care to admit. The book was a real delight though.
An added bonus were the Southern/Louisiana-style recipes that were
Sprinkled between the chapters.
The mix of women was a broad spectrum of African American women today
With several generations of women represented. They had varied
Personalities; interests and gifts. The authors allowed them
Randomly about the topic. The women were candid and outspoken about
Telling their stories. The authors call this the Gumbo of our lives
That our individual experiences enables each of us to create our
Very own personalized gumbo.
Sister Gumbo could be considered a women’s self-help book but I would
Like to categorize it as a book of women’s stories. I must admit;
Awhile for me to finish this book I would put it down from time
And read the stories while reading other books. But I always came
Back to it and the stories refreshed my spirit on a not-so-good-day.
I think it was a project well done and I’d rate this book a four because
The authors accomplished what they set out to do in this book and it was done well.
I am looking forward to their next book, Mister Gumbo. The sisters
be found on the web at www.SisterGumbo.com