Hayward, CA (PressExposure) April 15, 2008 -- Richelene Mitchell, a single mother of seven, grapples with the humiliation of public assistance while living in a sprawling Connecticut housing project in her heart-shattering memoir, Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother. Found after the author passed away, Dear Self is an insightful portrait of an incredible life.
Born in the south, the daughter of a share cropper, Richelene Mitchell struggled to make her life better. An honor student in high school, she soon found her future curtailed by an early marriage and seven children. Forced to go on welfare and struggling to survive in a housing project in New Britain, Connecticut, Mitchell made herself a promise. Every day she would keep a journal, commenting on books she was reading, as well as what she was going through, to help herself and others understand the cycle of poverty.
Beautifully written and told with heart and compassion, Dear Self explores the grinding burden of poverty, the callous public policy and the dark heart of racism in America.
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award winner, this book is an essential read for people of all races and cultures.
"A good edition to libraries with a focus on African American social history." -Library Journal Book Reviews
"Dear Self is a worthy read."- Foreword Clairon Reviews