Jones' atmospheric prose brings the Beat era to life with more gusto than any previous memoir, thanks to homely details like eating potato pancakes at the Second Avenue Deli and wearing Ukrainian scarves and black tights. She looks back on her marriage to LeRoi Jones with tenderness, even as she delineates the cultural forces that eventually ripped them apart. Famous friends like Allen Ginsberg make appearances, but Jones' focus is on family (her two daughters are lovingly described) and individual growth. Evocative and touching.
Glimpses of Allen Ginsberg, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday and Jack Kerouac dot this memoir of a Jew from Queens, N.Y., who met and married controversial black poet LeRoi Jones while living in late-1950s Greenwich Village bohemia. PW called this a "restrained autobiographical mix of introspection and gossip."
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Brilliant! Amazing story with new information shedding light on hidden women who are worthy of fame and praise. I am honored to have read this.Published 6 months ago by Zarda
A faux rebel trying to find a cause in some turgid prose does not make for good reading. First it's the angst with the parents, then it's the Southern and Western types in college. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Dyess
A stunningly well told tale of living with the Beat Generation. And survivingPublished 9 months ago by English Teacher Turned Reviewer
This is the story of the first wife of the late poet, playwright and professor, Leroi Jones, known later as Amiri Baraka, from the period when they first met, at age 23, and then... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patricia J Barconey
I grew up in the area and time that she talks about and had Jewish friends. Now I understand them better.Published 19 months ago by rickey
Engrossing book from a young wife and mom who raised her kids and loved her husband in the shadow of the Beat Generation amd the 60s black power movement, surrounded by NYC... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an autobiography well worth reading for anyone who has an interest in the Black Power movement of the 1960's. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sam I Am
Interesting book and a keepsake.
My best collection it will go. Enlightinening to read and will pass it on to others
Book in very good condition. Gives a female perspective on Beat Literature by someone other than just a wife left at home. Jones is a publishing business professonal. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Anthony J. Berret