Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

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Shirlee Taylor Haizlip is a best-selling non-fiction writer and lecturer whose first book,

The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White

(1994), came into prominence as a major work of African American autobiography. She is the author of two other autobiographical works:

In the Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of a Marriage

(1998) (co-authored with her husband Harold) and

Finding Grace: Two Sisters and the Search for Meaning Beyond the Color Line

(2004). She was born in 1937 in Stratford, Connecticut, in an African American upper-middle class family, and was named after Shirley Temple, the blonde blue-eyed movie star popular in the 1930s. But when she was in high school, she dropped the “y” and used instead a final “e” in her name to differentiate herself from all the…

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Citation: Vega-González, Susana. "Shirlee Taylor Haizlip". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 December 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12949, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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