May 14, 2014

Postcards From Cookie

 

Postcards From CookieMt. Vernon, NY, May 15, 2014 - Caroline Clarke, award-winning journalist and host of Black "Enterprise" Business Report, is Grace Baptist Church's Season of Women author.  The Bookstore At Grace, Grace Literary Arts Ministry and Women's Ministry will host an evening with Caroline Clarke reading, discussion, and book signing on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7p.m. at 52 S. 6th Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY.  Caroline will read an excerpt from her new book Postcards From Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail.

Caroline is the only child of her adoptive educator parents and was the overall joy of their lives until she married and gave them two grandchildren to expand their joy.  She was loved unconditionally and nurtured and she thrived as a part of her large, close knit West Indian family and was a college freshman by sixteen.  "Born in an era when adoptions were shameful, secret, and sealed...Caroline wondered about her biological parents.  She kept her curiosity in check, until a series of small health problems raised concerns about her genetic heritage and its consequences for her two children's lives and her own.”

  In pursuit of information to help her doctors better understand her health issues she meets with a social worker at "Spence-Chapin Family Service, the agency that handled her adoption."  The information she received did not include the name of her mother but it guides her journalist mind, while she is driving home from the agency, through a process of elimination to realize that she knew the prominent entertainment family that was her biological family. It wasn't hard for her to do because not many black families with five children were chauffer driven and flying across country on private planes in the 1950s and 1960s. She realize as she is running families through her head that she “has known her biological family for over twenty-years” but she is shocked as she realize that one of her close friends is a member of her biological family and that she had spent the night at her house. She abruptly guides her car out of traffic over to the curb. She had to a stop to get her bearings and calm herself because she is almost certain that she comes from the "Unforgettable" duet singing family of iconic singer Nat "King" Cole and Natalie Cole and the eldest Cole daughter Cookie is her mother.