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Training School for Negro Girls

By: Camille Acker
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin,Janina Edwards
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This debut collection is a complicated love letter to Washington, DC, and to those who call it home: a TSA agent who's never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, and a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. These characters navigate life's "training school" - with lessons on gentrification and respectability - and fight to create their own sense of space and self.

A Literary Hub pick of the ultimate books for fall.

©2018 Camille Acker (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Love letter to Black Washington!!!!

This was a beautifully written love letter to the Illustrious history and culture of Black Washingtonians. As a fifth generation Washington native I felt deeply connected to the layers and complexities of our narratives that Camille so beautifully showcased in her stories. Thank you so much for this masterpiece and I eagerly await your next book!!!

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You know someone from each story

While this book was of great short stories.Each story I could relate to,because in many of these stories I had experienced it, or knew of someone who had. I have never lived in DC ; but these stories gave me a great feel of those who had.

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A thoughtful walk down memory lane

It is refreshing and filed in some of the blanks of my childhood visits to Washington, DC. I understood the mind sets and the positions and the views of all the characters. I live the experience of a interracial marriage wanting to live in an all black community. My daughter living between two worlds of a Black and Hispanic high school and being a ballerina in a predominately white ballet school. This book speaks to and reveals every black woman and man that desires to do well and succeed and still keep their black roots. Enjoy!

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interesting

it was less a schooling, more of the complex dynamics sistahs find themselves, create for themselves, and are squished into. i do wish there was morals to each story conclusion or the lesson learned here was.... but still beautifully written.

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A BLACK GIRL/WOMAN MUST READ

It's was myself, my family, my wife, daughter, sister, mother spread across several pages. Awesome!

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love this

I really loved the stories and the characters. I love it when I can relate zoom the stories and the characters.

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African American Women in the Forefront

The novel was a compilation of short stories which all touched on issues surrounding African American women. In every story you felt like you identified with the characters or you knew someone who identified with the characters. The stories were each beautifully written.

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very familiar

A compilation of short stories about Black girls being education in the DMV area and stereotypes. Girls growing up in single parent households, two parents households, interracial relationships and so much more. Girls wanting to know if they made their father proud or mattered while their moms went above and beyond and did any and everything for them. Men cheating on their wives and abandoning their familes. It wasn't nothing I never heard off, quite familiar. #Book46of2020 #bookworm #whatsnext

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This book reminded me of a time in my youth, some of which I would rather forget. Growing up is not easy. This writer is masterful in taking the reader across a developmental journey of growing up black and female. I’m sure that people of other genders and cultures will also find this book a great read. From the youth of a school girl to the challenges of women hood the collection of short stories provided vivid pictures of what it’s like to be me, learning and developing, in the school for negro girls.

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great stories

loved every story. I wish some would've run longer just so I could find out what happened to the rest of their stories!!

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