It’s about that time you prepare for your summer reading list. A few months ago I came across this book “A Natural Woman” by Lori Johnson while browsing through my local bookstore and the title stuck my mind. My whole thought process was ooooh this is going to be one of those stereotypical stories about a black woman and her revolution…I was so wrong. It was a love story about a man(Dante) who fell in love with a woman (Aliesha) and her beauty with natural hair. It all starts off when Aliesha, a successful Anthropologist professor needs to get a haircut, so she goes to a barber shop and ends up in Dante’s chair.
Lori Johnson uses very detailed descriptions and story telling within this novel to provide a sense of love and passion for hair. I won’t give it away but the significance in this story has to do with the Dante’s grand mother and the nurturing and teaching she gave him with caring for a black woman’s hair. The story is almost ironically based on a black man’s appreciation for the women in his life. I’d reccommend this book to anyone and everyone who is looking for a happy ending 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day!