The book itch : freedom, truth & Harlem's greatest bookstore

by Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux,

Format: Print Book [2015]
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Summary

In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch--a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.

And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father's bookstore was one of a kind. People from all over came to visit the store, even famous people--Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. In his father's bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father's book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This companion to No Crystal Stair (2012) introduces younger readers to Nelson's great-uncle, Lewis Michaux Sr., owner of Harlem's National Memorial African Bookstore. Michaux's young son, Lewis Jr., narrates; he recalls helping his father with the day-to-day operation of the shop; visits from the famous, including Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; and the devoted community patronage that helped the store thrive for nearly four decades. Nelson highlights Michaux's dedication to his calling (he financed the business with his own money and often slept at the store when customers stayed late) as well as his determination to educate his clientele. She also notes the political climate the store fostered, detailing a missed meeting with Malcolm X on the night he was shot, which probably saved Michaux's life. Christie, who also illustrated the earlier volume, here uses a bold color palette and realistically rendered figures. He incorporates many of Michaux's slogans (Don't get took! Read a book!) into the art, especially on the endpapers and in depictions of the storefront. Appended with generous back matter, including a list of sources, this moving tribute should be a welcome addition to almost any collection.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Nelson and Christie bring the story of Harlem's storied National Memorial African Bookstore to picture book readers in this companion to their 2012 YA collaboration, No Crystal Stair. The shop was opened in the 1930s by Nelson's great-uncle, Lewis Michaux, who "started out with five books... and a mission." Writing in the voice of Michaux's admiring son, Nelson illuminates Lewis's generosity (he invited those who couldn't afford books into his shop to read) and his fervent belief in the power of words and books to change lives. Michaux's love of words comes through in his catchy aphorisms and sales pitches ("Knowledge is power. You need it every hour. Read a book!"), which appear throughout, as well as his nickname for the shop, "The House of Common Sense and Home of Proper Propaganda." Christie's paintings powerfully contrast the idea of the bookstore as a refuge with the tensions of the day, particularly during a section of the book about Michaux's friendship with Malcolm X and his anguish following the activist's assassination. It's an emotive tribute to Michaux's personal and professional legacy. Ages 7-10. Author's agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Michaux, Lewis H., -- 1885-1976 -- Juvenile fiction.
Michaux, Lewis H., -- 1885-1976 -- Fiction.
National Memorial African Bookstore -- Juvenile fiction.
National Memorial African Bookstore -- Fiction.
Bookstores -- Fiction.
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :[2015]
Contributors Christie, R. Gregory, 1971- illustrator.
Language English
Awards Coretta Scott King Honor Book, illustrator, 2016
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780761339434
0761339434
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