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As gentrification encroaches on historic Harlem, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award recipient Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the myth and meaning of its storied legacy. Drawing on Harlem’s history and her own observations, Rhodes-Pitts introduces a variety of observers who shared a common hope that Harlem would become the ground from which blacks fully entered America’s democracy.

©2011 Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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"[A] glittering living tapestry." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • New York, NY
  • 07-06-18

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An amazing book! The author plays the ingenue, seeing Harlem through the eyes of a bookish newcomer. It is read beautifully and is really a work of literature.