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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

New in stock: Margo Jefferson's Negroland

This week we were excited to receive Margo Jefferson's anticipated memoir, Negroland, which reflects on her experience growing up in the 1950s in upper-crust black Chicago, "a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty."


Jefferson deftly presents the psychological and moral contradictions inherent in living in an elite black community that strives at once to distance itself from whiteness and "the black generality" and to compare itself constantly to each.

Hilton Als calls Negroland a "masterpiece—a phenomenal study-cum-memoir about the black bourgeoisie". Patricia Hampl deems it a "beautiful scorcher of a book".

Check out this interview with Jefferson over at NPR and this review in Chicago Magazine for more insights. Or just come by and get yourself a copy!

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