Homemade Love

Homemade Love

J. California Cooper / Jan 21, 2020

Homemade Love In one of the best loved volumes of her work J California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate Awed bedeviled bemused all of Cooper s charact

  • Title: Homemade Love
  • Author: J. California Cooper
  • ISBN: 9780312194659
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • In one of the best loved volumes of her work, J California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate Awed, bedeviled, bemused, all of Cooper s characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself.

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    About "J. California Cooper"

      • J. California Cooper

        J California Cooper first found acclaim as a playwright The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978 It was through her work in the theater that she caught the attention of acclaimed poet and novelist Alice Walker Encouraged by Walker to turn her popular storytelling skills to fiction, Cooper wrote her first collection of short stories, A Piece of Mine, in 1984 Called rich in wisdom and insight and a book that s worth reading, A Piece of Mine introduced Cooper s trademark style her intimate and energetic narration, sympathetic yet sometimes troubled characters, and the profound moral messages that underlie seemingly simple stories Two story collections followed on the heels of A Piece of Mine In 1986 came Homemade Love, winner of an American Book Award, and, in 1987, Some Soul to Keep.


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    1. Homemade love is a collection of short stories told in dialect. Each story has its own special story of love. Cooper talks of homemade love - love which doesn't come in a typical way. It's a special something, something love. You'll be moved by the originality of each of these short stories. They are told in a simple style and they won't leave you untouched. They are balanced, give a moral and some excellent advice on love and life. Cooper will be sadly missed and was not highlighted as much as [...]



    2. I read this book in my early twenties and held on to it because I knew the day would come when I would want to read it again. Over the years, I have purged many books, but I held on to all of Cooper's work because I have been profoundly affected by her words. This book was no exception. Coming back to this book after having lived a little, I was pleased that many of the stories had new meaning for me. Especially, "Happiness does not come in Colors." I know first had that it doesn't. What I love [...]


    3. What I love about this book is that it soothed me. Like a big hug from grandma or a slice of peach cobbler, it warmed those frigid places in my soul. For obvious reasons, African American historical fiction often has the opposite effect. I usually find it deeply painful, though necessary, to endure those literary walks through our truths. At the same time, I crave books like Homemade Love. Books that enliven realistic African American characters, yet the richness of their love and laughter domin [...]


    4. I thought this book was hilarious in the first couple of short stories. Then I was saddened because of the content of some of the stories. It actually made me print up that old "slave masters" document by Willie Lynch, how to make a slave. It harbored some of the those old feelings of light skinned versus dark skinned. If it had just been a single story with that concept, I don't think I would have been so saddened. But it seemed to be prevalent in multiple stories. I look forward to a time when [...]


    5. There is no place like homeThere is no place like homeThere is no place like home (sometime) no matter how difficult. I know all those people, in fact, I thought I caught glimpses of myself in a few of the stories!


    6. Listened to this on audiobook. Loved that each chapter was a different story filled with life's lessons and love. I plan to listen to it again.


    7. I love this book so much that I want to read it again. I love everyone of the stories and characters also the plot. My favaorate one was the last story in the book wich was 'Spooks' I find it very funny.



    8. I believe this was my first J. California Cooper book, that made me fall in love with her writing!!!!


    9. Short story collections are always a hit-or-miss for me. A lot of the time, I either end up feeling too invested in the characters when the story abruptly stops or not quite vested enough. This collection left me satisfied and smiling after each story (weird sentence). While they are only loosely connected by the theme of love, they felt like you were moving around the same town - reading about people who might know each other. J. California Cooper's style is the most unique I have read in a lon [...]


    10. I loved this book! There was only one story I didn't care for and that was the last one. Other than that, I devoured this book. It made me feel like I was in a room full of grandmothers and M'Dear's that were sharing all of their intimate secrets and stories that I wasn't supposed to hear. I can't wait to read more of her writing.


    11. A collection of seven short stories. Each one about the love affairs (or non love affairs) of black women back in the 1940's and 1950's. I enjoyed it and came away thinking that nothing has changed in a woman's quest to find true love.



    12. everything about Jyle fits my personality as a readerI can never pick up her books and put it down until I have completely read all of itShes the greatest!!



    13. Probably one of my favorite all around writers. The characters in her books have a triumph of the spirit. She would show the richness of the lives of people who often don't have much exposure. Her work was to expose that so you can feel connected. Her writing invites you into the lives of the people in her stories and you feel part of their struggle and triumph. It was honest and relatable. You laughed with them, you cried with them and in the end, you were left with something etched in your sou [...]


    14. 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this collection of short stories. It felt a lot like sitting at a church picnic or family reunion and listening to the older women telling stories about the other women from their church or neighborhood. Each one felt very conversational.



    15. This is a collection of short stories about love. Each story leaves me opened mouthed! I love the writing style and flow. My favorite quote is, "Swim up the Rain".


    16. This collection of short stories were very refreshing to read. J. California Cooper did an excellent job in sharing different perspectives about love and life. One story in particular that was quite hilarious to read described the life of a lady who had a family, but spent all of her time gossiping and watching other people's lives and snitching on folks that were sneaking around or just doing things that were supposed to be done in secret. She ruined so many people's lives that folks would move [...]


    17. Wow, J. California Cooper is such a valuable voice in literature. Capturing that African American dialect, showing this wonderfully genuine, human side to life These are great short stories, ones that made me laugh and reflect a bit. I think my favorite line was "climbing to the top of the rain." Lakes and rivers, they lay flat for you to swim through, but the rain? You've got to work to make your way above it to the silver lining.It's a real shame that she passed away last year, but at the age [...]


    18. J. California Cooper is a writer whose books I have cherished for many years. Although some stories may resonate more than others, Ms. Cooper does not fail to touch on topics and create characters that display the very essence of what human beings strive for love and acceptance, these themes are interspersed with betrayal, self-doubt and self realization. The language in this book is simple yet her prose gets right to the point. You cheer on the characters as they triumph and despair. This is a [...]


    19. Evans’ collage/paint illustrations fill the page with Mama’s “girlpie” and Daddy’s “sweet,sweet honey bun chocolate Dew Drop” and all the love that happens in the home of a really sweet little girl. Even when a bit of a sad time comes with an accidental breakage, all is forgiven. Fun and life goes on, cart-wheeling through the day to sleep time. It’s a cute book full of happiness, few words, and a story that’s like a hug.


    20. Honestly, J. California Cooper is one of those authors that I love all her books. Now this book, at first, I didn't realize that it was a collection of short stories. I loved this book. Apparently I'm a romantic at heart because I my favorite stories were the ones where love was found. The second story was so funny. Again, I love this book.


    21. J. California Cooper is one of my favorite authors. She typically writes books about women who are down on their luck, going through a hard time or in a loveless relationship. She spins stories that are heartwarming and relateable to the average women. Her characters are usually poor or working class women who struggle through life's heartaches and despair.


    22. One of my favorites- I've read it multiple times. I just love the homey feeling this book gives me. Its the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day. The messages this book are very inspiring-they'll be tears, there will be laughter , there will be"Aha!" moments. And its a fast and easy read too. Enjoy!


    23. Wonderful short story collection, capturing diverse tales from the wickedly funny to the desperately sad. Cooper writes characters that are striving to better themselves, often learning simple truths through the medium of homemade love. I need to read everything she has written. vivatramp/2015/08/be


    24. This was a great collection of short stories. Some stories had such a different and interesting perspective that allowed me to view the world a little bit differently and some were just straight up funny. I loved the one about the neighborhood watcher. I think I may reread it when I need a pick me up.


    25. J.California Cooper teaches you how to become a better person with her great gift for storytelling. Her writing is powerful enough to change humanity if we allowed her to open up our minds and let go of the negativity that binds us together hate.


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