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Still life in Harlem

by Harris, Eddy L.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
CLP - Homewood African American F128.68.H3 H37 1996
Location  CLP - Homewood
 
Collection  African American
 
Call Number  F128.68.H3 H37 1996
 
 
Summary
The critically acclaimed author of Mississippi Solo and Native Stranger delivers a stunning meditation that will engage and stun readers with its emotional depth and candor, chronicling how the world called Harlem came to be.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Harris plays skillfully with opposing emotions in his meditation on Harlem, the black New York community that James Weldon Johnson once called "the greatest Negro city in the world." In Harlem, Harris has known outrageous humor and numbing horror; experienced a sense of belonging while feeling apart. For Harris, the "city" may no longer be great but having been a black resident means that he takes Harlem with him wherever he goes and the city is a part of him no matter where he is. This spirit of Harlem is eloquently described and remembered. He shares his respect for its history and disbelief at its contemporary plight, but he remains hopeful for its future. His emotional engagement to Harlem is stunning; the "still life" of the title may well reflect the beautiful image of Harlem that is trapped in Harris' very being. This is a powerful memoir of Harlem life and those who live there. It will find a place among other great African American writings about Harlem. --Lillian Lewis"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Though Harris (Mississippi Solo) spent two years living in Harlem, this book is more about Harris than Harlem. A middle-class black whom some consider "too soft" to be black, he felt compelled to test his allegiances and identity in New York's most famous black district. He even decided to be unemployed and to "become poor," as if to share local poverty. However, his portrait of Harlem‘a bit of history, a few conversations and observations‘presents an ur-ghetto. Harris does acknowledge that "All [in Harlem] is not the cliché of poverty," but he dismisses its wealthy and ignores the working class that sustains its churches and civic groups. Harris's book can be affecting, as when he reflects on his father‘who hoped to create a better world. Ultimately, Harris's reveries do not lead him to any hard political or sociological analysis. Rather, his work ends with stories that show his mixed feelings of obligation, anguish and machismo. He stubbornly faces down a young tough blocking the sidewalk. He decides to help kids in an after-school program. He intervenes when he hears a man harassing a woman. He concludes that "the ghetto lies within" no matter how far he goes. However, his self-dramatizing style diminishes his epiphanies. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Description and travel.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt,1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 276 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 0805048510 (alk. paper)
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