Table of Contents
   Acknowledgmentsp. ix
   ôThe Hurricane,ö from Their Eyes Were Watching Godp. 1
   Introductionp. 4
   ôThe Bridge Poem,öp. 24
      Crooked Roomp. 28
      Mythp. 51
   ôResisting the Shame of Shug Avery,ö from The Color Purplep. 98
      Shamep. 101
      Disasterp. 134
   ôNo Mirrors in My NanaÆs House,ö Sweet Honey in the Rock, lyricsp. 180
      Strengthp. 183
      Godp. 221
   ôPraise Song for the Day,öp. 266
      Michellep. 269
   Appendix: Survey Datap. 301
   Notesp. 315
   Indexp. 368