Tapping The Power Within
Identify the book, the author, title, date and the place of publication. Give brief biographical information that supports the competency of the authors ability to write the book. Then state the goal of the author for writing the book and why the author wrote on this specific subject? Explain in your opinion what contribution to your understanding of African women, intimacy and relationships does Vanzant make? What questions do you have about this topic that the book attempts to address? Brief summary:(a few paragraphs) In the main body of your critical book review, you should begin by describing the content and organization of the book. What are the major chapters and themes? How is the book organized? Please do not get bogged down in details. This section is only intended to prepare you for the critical assessment that will follow. Critical assessment: (several paragraphs) Evaluate the books contribution to your understanding of Africana women, rituals, community and relationships. What is valuable about the ideas offered within the reading? Identify the authors central argument or his thesis. The thesis is not the topic of the book but the specific argument that she has made about the subject. Keep in mind, the author may state the thesis in the introduction, or sometimes in the conclusion. Knowing the main argument will help guide you through the rest of the book. Such knowledge requires you to step back from the mass of information to identify the larger themes. (The critical piece of the book review is based upon your concluding if in fact the author achieves her purpose.) Review the book for the authors perspective, point of view, or purpose. In what way does she substantiate,support, prove her thesis throughout the book? Give examples. Does the author present and refute opposing views? Cite specific examples from the book. Also, look at the authors evidence–what sources did she use to support her point of view. Conclusion: (last paragraph or two) Is the books argument convincing? Does the author successfully prove her thesis? How valuable is this book to you? What are the strengths of the book? Is it well- organized and clearly written? Does the style or the content of the book recommend for a specific readership? To what extent did this book answer your questions? How important is it for students in an Africana womens course to read this book?