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Fifty-four poems, all in different voices, written by one outstanding author. Residents of a fictional Harlem community, from motorman to teacher, from party girl to live-in maid, to jazz artist, a deacon, students, veterans and more - all embodied by 13 remarkable narrators. Original musical recordings from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk are included. Each distinctive memory, reflection, thought, or aspiration is evocatively presented in this stunning and memorable tribute to a beloved time and place.

©2004 Walter Dean Myers (P)2011 Live Oak Media

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  • AudioFile Earphones Award

"The poems in Here in Harlem were made to be performed-listeners hear a chorus of voices from different eras and walks of life, full of joy and sorrow, pride and pain as they shed light on the African-American experience. Thirteen talented narrators share their stories, and all of them bring utterly authentic emotions to their vocal performances." (AudioFile)

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Inspiring, illuminating, and deeply moving. Disenfranchisement and the community it creates brought beautifully to life.