Amsterdam News/The Cosmopolitan Review: April 26-May 2
By Yvonne Delaney Mitchell
The book (Harlem Bible-In The Beginning) is full of days gone by and once
familiar names such as the late, great Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Both
books, (Rhythm For Sale) vividly portrays a bygone era. They capture the
imagination and take the readers back to a time that the young don't know of
and the elders have forgotten. They are perfect reading on a rainy day or
while relaxing on a sunny day in the park. Either way, once you pick them up
you won't want to put them down until the very last page.
Thank You, Grant
2018 Readers Favorite
Book Award Winner
Book Review of:
Harlem Bible-In The Beginning
Review Rating 5-Stars by Christian Sia
In the spirit of James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, Grant Harper Reid's Harlem Bible: In the Beginning is a memorable offering that helps readers rediscover the soul and spirit of Black culture in Harlem. In this spellbinding autobiography, the author relives wonderful and touching memories of his childhood, growing up as a black man in Harlem. The author explores the dreams of black families, poised for the revolution - perhaps gentle like the wind - that was a promise of an upward movement in the American economic status. Readers are introduced to the shift in culture, thanks to the advent of gentrified folk. But what was Harlem like among the black community? This book answers that question and offers more.
Harlem Bible: In the Beginning is a wonderful book, a well-crafted memoir that explores the dynamics of black culture in Harlem and redefines the very soul and spirit of the "black man" within a well defined historical context. The writing is beautiful, laced with arresting images and, I must say, Grant Harper Reid has a phraseology that gives a unique signature to his writings. The language is fluid and laced with humor and symbolism. For instance, just a few lines into the narrative, he describes his usual visits, accompanied by his dad, to the house of a wealthy man: "Whenever my dad and I went to visit Mr. Llewellyn, he'd be either wearing a smoking jacket or a bathrobe on his balcony deck. If that wasn't dressing for success, I don't know what is." The readers find themselves smiling quite often as they read through the gripping and enjoyable narrative, the culture and social commentaries opening a whole world for the reader to navigate.
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