From Published Reviews
A book that teaches, entertains, and demonstrates how we can grow spiritually
from living and loving in diversity. Gordon is a master of metaphor and story.
Over and over again you see her words as pictures, feel her experiences
in your heart. – Liz Yeats, Friends Journal
[Shows] how a system designed to help those in need sometimes works against them.
An easy-to-read memoir. Inspiring. – Multicultural Review
For anyone who wants to understand . . . the roots of poverty, ignorance and bigotry, Elizabeth Gordon has given us a window into that world. She shares her acquired wisdom
(and continuing feeling of insufficiency) with palpable honesty and elegant metaphor. She sees second graders "whirled away like leaves in a gust to decorate the playground with their happy cries."
She describes her young charge as "caught by accident under the bell jar of her misery" and, later, as "a nail head under the hammer of minimum wage."
She is a writer who thinks visually and paints with her pen, and she has created a classic work.
– J. Stensrude, OutSmart Magazine
Gordon's writing leaves no stone unturned. Once you finish reading "Walk with Us" you realize that you have come to know
Tahija as daughter, as mother, as partner and writer. You have also come to know Lamarr as brother, as father, as son and partner. . . .
"Walk with Us" is a gift for you and a gift for others. Open it up and let the healing begin. – Kaolin
I've read many books by white authors that attempt to address racial justice . . . but this book goes beyond
abstraction and into the gritty, messy and very real difficulties of family life. Gordon . . . writes about her experiences of an intentional family
that blends across lines of white & black, adult & teen; Quaker & Muslim; middle-class & poor; queer & straight. . . . The spiritual dimension of the book effectively subverts
the mainstream media's stereotype of 'values voters.'
— at Vonn New's blog, Listening for Muses
From Social Work Professionals and Students
The book was a chasm-crossing 21st century experience for all of us. Our students were riveted on the story created around the caregiving, stewardship and sponsorship of this family.
Having [the author] present to probe issues with our students has made this a pivotal orientation in our school's history.
The book offers a very useful way in which our students can safely, comfortably, and also in fairly complex story terms
relate or struggle to relate to some of the issues Kathryn and Kaki confronted.
— Katharine Briar-Lawson, Dean,
Rockefeller School of Social Welfare, The University at Albany
It was interesting to see Kaki and Kathryn dealing with a poor black community. I saw them struggling with white privlege,
trying to do the right thing for these folks, not being exactly sure how to do it, and you learn by doing.
I realized I grew up in a bubble, a comfortable suburban background, and that the people I’m going to work with are going to be
different from me, and I have to really look at myself and examine my biases. . . . I have to remember that my intent is one thing and the results
of my actions are another thing. — Larry, social work undergraduate
Walk with Us speaks to key issues at every level of social work. Lamarr is a marvel and a model.
He uses what resources are available to him. He is faithful and loyal.
— Florence Frazier, LCSW
I loved Walk With Us. It opened up alot of questions for me regarding my own views, values,
and where they fall in or out of what society as a whole perpetuates. My fiance and I would discuss the book almost every night,
debating and reflecting on our own lives as white middleclass citizens, I from America, a country whose
beginnings were framed around the destruction of the Native Americans, and then built up on the
backs of slave labor; my fiance from Australia, a country where the Aboriginals were subject to
cruel and inhumane treatment at the hands of white settlers, and where "non-whites" weren't even
allowed citizenship for a better part of the 20th century. This book brought about dialogue that we needed to have,
and needs to be had by everyone.
— Laina Giselle Baines, MSW student
From English Professors and Students
I thought I'd let you know how motivated
and excited [my students] are right now. . . . It's very hard
to find a book that most students like. Walk with Us produced a
very high level of enthusiasm. It really opened up alot of dialogue we
would not normally have in class.
— Professor Janet Brennar, the Community College of Philadelphia
I finally finished your wonderful book. . . I have been deeply moved, given much to think about,
and am very grateful for it all. . . . I really think it has so much to offer all thinking people who want to expand their understanding and are willing to be introspective. It flows so smoothly,
is full of humor and tenderness and love. It should enrich many lives, and I am touched that this wonderful family has
allowed you to share their experiences with us with such openness and vulnerability. You take great risk in sharing your life so
candidly with the public, but the lessons there are valuable to us all. Thank you, thank you, thank you. —Evy Kennenwood, Syracuse
This is an important book. It is the true story to two white women who provide a
home for a pregnant 15 year old black girl, her partner, and their triplet sons after their birth. The author is a
published poet, and it shows in the writing. This book is beautifully written, and Ms. Gordon's honesty is so
complete that it is sometimes painful to read. This is a true examination of conscience. It is also an examination
of the history of race relations in the US and the current state of those relations, not from an observer who visited a
ghetto a few times for a story, but from someone who lived it. Make no mistake, there is also much that evokes
laughter here. Ms. Gordon has a marvelous sense of humor, and she is not afraid to laugh at herself. I consider this
book "a must read" for anyone interested in and concerned about race relations in America. And that should be
everyone, shouldn't it?
—Maureen Mather, British Columbia, Canada
Elizabeth Gordon has written a book that I highly recommend to all of you. . . . I have read this book, and I must say it gripped me from the beginning and kept me involved to the final page.
Elizabeth is a wonderful writer and I promise you will not be disappointed. Please let your friends know about it - the book is a valuable contribution to our understanding of reality by a most humble, sincere and talented writer.
— Ida Hakim, founder and CEO, C.U.R.E., Decatur, Georgia
From Book Clubs
Elizabeth enlightened the group with her non-fiction prose. She delighted everyone
with its poetic quality and delightful real life snippets, giving broad strokes to her out-of the-ordinary life. She writes
so clearly and emotionally on target that those three boys sneak into your heart in a very singular way.
— Joan Davis, co-chair, Temple Hesed Sisterhood
I just finished reading this book which I have found thoroughly
captivating and haunting. I am a member of the bookclub at which you will discuss your
book and I am really looking forward to meeting and listening to you. I am a child
psychologist so I have many questions.
— Gloria Jurtkowitz, Scranton, PA