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The Soul of a Black Woman in full-release!
Friday, December 13, 2002  7:42:00 PM

by C. Highsmith Hooks

This new book by up-and-coming author C. Highsmith-Hooks is finally here! Order your signed copy today and catch a glimpse into the soul of a black woman!

(909) 378-9555
Soul Sista Media
P.O Box 1352
Hemet, CA 92546




ISBN 1-4010-6550-3

HEMET, CA – “The Soul of a Black Woman: From a Whisper to a Shout” written by up-and-coming author C. Highsmith-Hooks will move you beyond words. This poetry collection spans thirty-one years of the author's life and tells her story with great candor and heartache. She shares her innermost thoughts as she survives the crippling effects of fatherly rejection, the pain of first love, early pregnancy and the loss of that child, the insecurity of adolescence and the struggles of single parenthood to finally find herself and her place in the world.


“After reading this heart-wrenching, down home, soul-searching book, I had to shout!” San Diego, CA

“Her readers will connect with the pain and challenges she faced in childhood. She addresses many things in her poetry that people can relate to and draw strength from.” – Dee Dee in Vista, CA

“C. Highsmith-Hooks is a talented author and poet. We loved The Last Hanging Tree!”-Akirim Press

“I commend her totally for being able to put down on paper what so many other black women still have locked away.”-Kim A. in San Diego

“Wonderful, beautiful and deep. This kind of poetry hits you right in your soul! The Soul of a Black Woman is a gift and so is Cynthia’s poetic delivery. Nothing but EXCELLENCE!!”-Glori Adams, Authors Den

These works give tremendous insight into a woman’s soul and the things that shape it. In “Mama Says,” a young girl looks for the daddy who left her. “Ghetto Child,” tells the story of a child from the ‘hood whose senseless death is mourned by only his mother. In “I Know Nothing of Africa”, the author uses colorful language to describe her soul-stirring dream-journey to Africa and in “The Last Hanging Tree”, she vividly recounts the lynching of a man as if she was actually there. The title poem proclaims the magnificent power, remarkable resilience and undying spirit of the black woman, “the mother of all life.” It is a celebration of all womanhood.

“I’ve always wanted to write poetry reminiscent of James Weldon Johnson’s The Creation; it’s my favorite poem and tells a great story. In writing about my own life, I decided to collect the most revealing poems I’ve written and weave them into one compelling piece of work. I tried to pour out my soul on the paper.”- C. Highsmith-Hooks about her book, “The Soul of a Black Woman: From a Whisper to a Shout.”

C. Highsmith-Hooks was born Cynthia Renee Highsmith in Hempstead, New York. Her work has been featured on Timbooktu and Nubian Mindz. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including the recently-released "Letters from the Soul." Currently, she is working on three novels as well as a volume of short stories and thought-provoking essays with the working title “Oceans of Tears.” She lives in Riverside County, California with her husband, mother and son, Maurice.

For further information, please visit: . Book available in trade paperback and e-book format from Xlibris online or by phone at 1-888-795-4274. Also available at , Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and C&B Books. To schedule appearances or book signings, contact Soul Sista Media at (909) 378-9555.
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