Negroland

Negroland

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Winner of the Heartland Prize A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Time Out New York, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kansas City Star, Men's Journal, Oprah.com Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. In these pages, Jefferson takes us into this insular and discerning society: "I call it Negroland," she writes, "because I still find 'Negro' a word of wonders, glorious and terrible." Negroland's pedigree dates back generations, having originated with antebellum free blacks who made their fortunes among the plantations of the South. It evolved into a world of exclusive sororities, fraternities, networks, and clubs--a world in which skin color and hair texture were relentlessly evaluated alongside scholarly and professional achievements, where the Talented Tenth positioned themselves as a third race between whites and "the masses of Negros," and where the motto was "Achievement. Invulnerability. Comportment." At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, Negroland is a landmark work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Margo Jefferson
Publisher : Vintage
Release : 2016-08-23
File : 272 Pages
ISBN : 9780307473431


The Negroland Of The Arabs Examined And Explained Or An Inquiry Into The Early History And Geography Of Central Africa

The Negroland Of The Arabs Examined And Explained Or An Inquiry Into The Early History And Geography Of Central Africa

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Genre : Sudan (Region)
Author by : William Desborough Cooley
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Release : 1841
File : 143 Pages
ISBN : OXFORD:N10565814


The Negroes In Negroland

The Negroes In Negroland

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Genre : Africa
Author by : Hinton Rowan Helper
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Release : 1868
File : 254 Pages
ISBN : BL:A0018540553


The Negroland Of The Arabs Examined And Explained 1841

The Negroland Of The Arabs Examined And Explained 1841

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First Published in 1966. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Genre : History
Author by : William Desborough Cooley
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-12-19
File : 170 Pages
ISBN : 9781136975615


The Negroes In Negroland The Negroes In America And Negroes Generally

The Negroes In Negroland The Negroes In America And Negroes Generally

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The negroes in negroland; the negroes in America; and negroes generally. Also, the several races of white men, considered as the involuntary and predestined supplanters of the black races.

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Author by : Hinton Rowan Helper
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Release : 2018-05-08
File : 262 Pages
ISBN : 1718861303


The Florist S Daughter

The Florist S Daughter

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This New York Times Notable memoir of a middle-class, middle-America family is a “beautiful bouquet of a book” (Entertainment Weekly). They say “a daughter is a daughter all her life,” and no statement could be truer for Patricia Hampl. Born to a Czech father—an artistic florist—and a wary Irish mother, Hampl experienced a childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota, that couldn’t have been more normal, the perfect example of a twentieth century middle-class, middle-American upbringing. But as she faces the death of her mother, Hampl reflects on the struggles her parents went through to provide that normal, boring existence, and her own struggles with fulfilling the role of dutiful daughter as she grew through the postwar years to the turbulent sixties and couldn’t help wanting to rebel against the notion of a “relentlessly modest life.” Named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, The Florist’s Daughter is Hampl’s most extraordinary work to date—a “quietly stunning” reminiscence of a Midwestern girlhood, and a reflection on what it means to be a daughter (People).

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Patricia Hampl
Publisher : HMH
Release : 2009-01-15
File : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9780547416465


Cast Of Characters Wolcott Gibbs E B White James Thurber And The Golden Age Of The New Yorker

Cast Of Characters Wolcott Gibbs E B White James Thurber And The Golden Age Of The New Yorker

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“Exuberant . . . elegantly conjures an evocative group dynamic.” —Sam Roberts, New York Times From its birth in 1925 to the early days of the Cold War, The New Yorker slowly but surely took hold as the country’s most prestigious, entertaining, and informative general-interest periodical. In Cast of Characters, Thomas Vinciguerra paints a portrait of the magazine’s cadre of charming, wisecracking, driven, troubled, brilliant writers and editors. He introduces us to Wolcott Gibbs, theater critic, all-around wit, and author of an infamous 1936 parody of Time magazine. We meet the demanding and eccentric founding editor Harold Ross, who would routinely tell his underlings, "I'm firing you because you are not a genius," and who once mailed a pair of his underwear to Walter Winchell, who had accused him of preferring to go bare-bottomed under his slacks. Joining the cast are the mercurial, blind James Thurber, a brilliant cartoonist and wildly inventive fabulist, and the enigmatic E. B. White—an incomparable prose stylist and Ross's favorite son—who married The New Yorker's formidable fiction editor, Katharine Angell. Then there is the dashing St. Clair McKelway, who was married five times and claimed to have no fewer than twelve personalities, but was nonetheless a superb reporter and managing editor alike. Many of these characters became legends in their own right, but Vinciguerra also shows how, as a group, The New Yorker’s inner circle brought forth a profound transformation in how life was perceived, interpreted, written about, and published in America. Cast of Characters may be the most revealing—and entertaining—book yet about the unique personalities who built what Ross called not a magazine but a "movement."

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Thomas Vinciguerra
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2015-11-09
File : 352 Pages
ISBN : 9780393248746


The Inevitable Contemporary Writers Confront Death

The Inevitable Contemporary Writers Confront Death

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What is death and how does it touch upon life? Twenty writers look for answers. Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue in the face of a family history of heart attacks and decimation by the Holocaust; Mark Doty, whose reflections on the art-porn movie Bijou lead to a meditation on the intersection of sex and death epitomized by the AIDS epidemic; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. Other contributors include Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Peter Straub, and Brenda Hillman.

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Genre : Literary Collections
Author by : Bradford Morrow
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2011-02-21
File : 336 Pages
ISBN : 0393341178


On Michael Jackson

On Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson: provocateur, icon, enigma. Who was he, really? And how does his spectacular rise, his catastrophic fall, reflect upon those who made him, those who broke him, and those who loved him? Almost ten years on from Jackson's untimely death, here is Margo Jefferson's definitive and dazzling dissection of the King of Pop: a man admired for his music, his flair, his performances; and censured for his skin, his erratic behaviour, and, in his final years, for his relationships with children.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author by : Margo Jefferson
Publisher : Granta Books
Release : 2018-05-03
File : Pages
ISBN : 9781783784219


Black Deutschland

Black Deutschland

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Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits. And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back. An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe's brightest and darkest city.

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Genre : Fiction
Author by : Darryl Pinckney
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release : 2016-02-02
File : 304 Pages
ISBN : 9780374713140