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A Woman of Worth – a review

November 29, 2017

A Woman of WorthA Woman of Worth  is a deeply touching account of a remarkable human being. Reading it feels like sitting around a kitchen table with an old friend, sipping tea and listening to stories from a shameful part of America’s history.

Laura Mitchell Keene lived in difficult times when obstacles were placed before her because of the color of her skin. She doesn’t sugarcoat the prejudice, still a reality for many, but, remarkably, neither does she let it make her bitter or cynical. Mrs. Worth found her way past the obstacles to become (in her words) “someone of worth”.  It is an up-close and very personal story of a woman who maintained her dignity and sense of self against seemingly insurmountable odds. The fact that it is true makes that much more affecting.

About the author: Laura Mitchell Keene spent her childhood in Philadelphia and New Jersey during the Great Depression, and studied at Temple and Howard Universities. She became a nurse at the start of World War II, and married the late artist Paul Keene, with whom she made a home in Pennsylvania, France and Haiti. She worked as a substitute elementary school teacher and is the mother of two, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of three. She lives in Warrington, PA.

A Woman of Worth is published by the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center and is a worthy continuation of Ms. Buck’s legacy. It is a short book (40 pages), and is well worth the hour or so it will take you to read it. I highly recommend it.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2017 9:30 PM

    Thanks for sharing this, Sandy. Laura is a remarkable woman and I’m so happy we got her story into print.

    • November 30, 2017 8:59 AM

      I’m happy you did too. It’s a story we all need to read – again and again. Thanks for your efforts in making it happen.

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