"...if there's another writer in America who can write prose like this - with this sort of intricate layering of linguistic play - I wish someone would direct me to them.... If Shelley were reborn as a black woman in the mid-20th century, maybe he would write like this.... Shange roars with pure literary fire."
--The San Francisco Chronicle
"The energy of Ntozake Shange’s writing is often spellbinding.... lost in language & sound is an enthralling look into the engaged life and mind of a huge-hearted storyteller."
--The Dallas Morning News
"The raw power of her writing, from the subject matter to her unconventional punctuation, aligns perfectly with the crescendo of for colored girls’s success.... This is a profoundly personal yet all-encompassing exploration of words, movement, and the state of race in America."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"...emotional, grateful and often wise."
Nonfiction Review: Lost in Language & Sound:
A Memoir of Coming to the Arts by Ntozake Shange. St. Martin’s, $26.50 (160p) ISBN 978-0-312-20616-1
Award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist Shange (Betsey Brown) immerses the reader in the written and spoken fabric of her upbringing and her life as an artist in this evocative melding of essay a
- Publishers Weekly
LOST IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND by Ntozake Shange | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of LOST IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND A Memoir of Coming to the Arts. Acclaimed playwright Shange (<em>Ellington Was Not a Street<em>, 2004, etc.) offers a collection of personal essays dealing with anger, pride, creativity, family, identity, mental health and love.
- Kirkus Reviews