The author explores Harlem’s rich place in American society through her perspective as a native Texan who moves to New York and embraces the area’s history and people. She crafts her urban portrait in an unorthodox yet effective manner: She walks the streets, stopping to reveal layers rooted in cultural history. She shows Harlem’s people—proud and frustrated, genteel and graceful. Karen Chilton relies on tone more than accents in her narration, and her approach fits the book well. For example, residents at community meetings who are frustrated by the crushing wave of gentrification sound exactly as the author describes: frustrated, angry, in control but at the edge. Chilton expresses the dignity of the people being written about as the fabric of this unique part of America is stitched together for listeners. M.B. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2012]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2011
CS ISBN 9781461832669 $77.75 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 9781461824794 $77.75 Seven CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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