by Margo Jefferson
In her memoir Negroland, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Margo Jefferson wrote insightfully about her middle-class Black childhood in the 1950s and ‘60s. In this new memoir, she describes how she escaped the pressures put on her by her privileged upbringing by immersing herself in music, entertainment, and literature. The author won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, and here she uses those skills to analyze the Black icons her shaped her, from jazz great Bud Powell and Tina Turner to W.E.B. DuBois. “A dynamic, unflinchingly candid examination of the impacts of race and class on culture and the author's own life.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
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