Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America

Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

"No geographic or racial qualification promises a author her subject....Only curiosity, wisdom, and love will do that--all of which this e-book monitors in abundance." (Zadie Smith, Harper's)

A finalist for the 2011 nationwide booklet Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, and a New York instances Notable booklet of the Year.

For a century Harlem has been celebrated because the capital of black the US, a thriving heart of cultural fulfillment and political motion. At a vital second in Harlem's heritage, as gentrification encroaches, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the parable and which means of Harlem's legacy. analyzing the epic Harlem of authentic historical past and the private Harlem that starts off at her entrance door, Rhodes-Pitts introduces us to a large choice of characters, previous and current. on the center in their tales, and her personal, is the wish carried over many generations, desire that Harlem could be the floor from which blacks totally entered America's democracy.

Rhodes-Pitts is a superb new voice who, like different major chroniclers of places-Joan Didion on California, or Jamaica Kincaid on Antigua-captures the very essence of her subject.

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