Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Negroland: A Memoir

Staccato. Longtime book and theater critic Margo Jefferson turns her critical eye toward herself and her life in a finely written book titled, Negroland: A Memoir. Readers looking for a flowing narrative proceeding from childhood to the present will be surprised by the staccato style that Jefferson uses to convey her observations about class, race, relationships, gender and society. Like the way our memory works, Jefferson leaps from one recollection to another in no particular sequence. As a white man from a working class family, there’s not much I have in common with a black woman from a wealthy family. Yet, I read each page with interest. She observes and analyzes the tension that has dominated her life. She welcomes readers into a world few of us have experienced or may understand, and allows us to learn new things about human nature. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Negroland from amazon.com.

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