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Like Water Slipping Through My Fingers

Like Water Slipping Through My Fingers

By Phyllistine Goode PoolePublisher: XlibrisISBN: 9781669871842Genre: Memoir Price: $28.99 hardcover, $16.99 paperback, $2.99 ebook
Available from: Barnes & Nobles

No use living if you can’t be happy,” says the main character, Doris. Her words are prophetic. In the meantime, free-spirited Doris works hard at having fun and brings the author, her teenage babysitter, Tina, along for the ride. Doris is not the kind of woman Tina’s protective father and grandfather, a preacher with an eye for the ladies, approve of. That is, she is not a sweet little demure housewife. When her father-in-law complains that she is not acting like a lady, Doris counters, “To hell with ladies!” The author takes the reader on an initial joyful and unconventional journey and along divergent paths of family relationships, Jim Crowism, tragedy, loss, and love. The author says this book is payment for the debt she owes to Doris for her caring sisterhood when she was a young girl suffering a great loss and for the good times.

“You can teach an old dog new tricks,” says the author, retired librarian from the C.G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. Many of her essays, stories, and poems were published in her senior years. They appear in Colorlines magazine, Twilight Musings, The Bears’ Tales, For Seniors Only, Flying South, and Second Spring Literary Anthology. Literary awards include Editor’s Choice and first place for poetry and essay selections.
She is a charter member of New World Griots, a writing and performing group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a current member of Writing Stories from Your Life, a writer’s group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has read some of her works at Bookmarks bookstore in the city. She has graduate degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Most of her nonfiction honors people who have who have blessed her with love.