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Negroland: A Memoir by [Jefferson, Margo]
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''Jefferson is a national treasure, and her memoir should be required reading across the country.'' --Vanity Fair

''A candid observer, Jefferson articulates the complicated and calculated performance of upper-class black life.'' --New York magazine

''Jefferson's beautiful, unsettling account . . . may be a story about the past, but her observations on racial tension and prejudice in America ring true today as well. This is not just a book about one woman's history; it's a biography of the United States and the everyday struggle for equality.''

''Treads briskly and fearlessly across the treacherous terrain of race, class, gender, and entitlement . . . Negroland is not about raw racism or caricatured villains. It is about subtleties and nuances, presumptions, and slights that chip away at one's humanity and take a mental toll. It is the story of Jefferson's evolution, too...Enlightening.'' --Washington Post

''Part memoir, part confession, part cultural critique, and part something that might be called prayer, Negroland is razor sharp, self-lacerating, and singular.'' --More magazine

''Jefferson's descriptions of how she 'craved' the right to despair are some of the most haunting parts of the book.'' --Time

''Jefferson is simultaneously looking in and looking out at her blackness, elusive in her terse, evocative reconnaissance, leaving us yearning to know more.'' --Los Angeles Times

''Highly recommended for biography and memoir lovers, historians, and readers interested in psychology and social movements.'' --Library Journal

''Powerful . . . Deftly explores the tensions that come with being part of America's black elite.'' --O, The Oprah Magazine ''[A] powerful memoir and social history.'' --Chicago magazine

''Chronicles a lifetime as a member of Chicago's black elite . . . Once we become accustomed to delicious glimpses of Negroland's impeccable manners and outfits, the meticulously orchestrated social opportunities, and fastidiously maintained hairstyles, what we begin to notice is the cost and weight of this heavy collective burden . . . How can a book so slim take on such mammoth considerations and manage them with such efficacy? Perhaps because we gain entry via one girl and, later, the woman she becomes.'' --New York Times Book Review

''A beautifully written memoir.'' --Booklist (starred review)

''Jefferson swings the narrative back and forth through her life, exploring the tides of racism, opportunity, and dignity while also provocatively exploring the inherent contradictions for Jefferson and her family members in working so tirelessly to differentiate themselves.'' --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and the New York Times, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1995. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, New York, and the New Republic, among other publications. She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Product details

  • File Size: 9363 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1783783397
  • Publisher: Vintage (September 8, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2015
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R04MDIQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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