Me & Jimi Hendrix 1969 on 125th Street Harlem

Press Conference before he does a show for us teens in the United Block Association

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Book Review of: Harlem Bible-In The Beginning  Review Rating: FIVE- STARS 

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.   

Me as an orderly "Heartburn" with Meryl Streep & Jack Nicholson

Abyssinian Baptist Church Sister to Sister Book Ministry "Harlem Bible" Gathering Brunch


Author Grant Harper Reid delivers a spellbinding homage to childhood, self-discovery and New York with Harlem Bible: In The Beginning. This immersive memoir navigates the author's unpredictable life and immediate circles of personal connections, as well as the vibrantly evolving landscape of Harlem through the middle of the 20th century. Distilling the grace of jazz and hard edges of life, while effortlessly transporting readers to a different time, Reid peels back layers of memory with artful and brutally honest precision.

My Grandparents have Harlem Streets named after them.



       National Puerto Rican Book Expo

                Writer's Digest on Grant Harper Reid's 5-Star "Harlem Bible"

I so enjoyed your story. You brought the world of Harlem and your family vividly to life. Your writing was compelling, honest and at times had the ability to grab the reader, shake them and say, "This is how it is." I thought your description of your father was handled in a frank, yet sensitive manner, and the love you have for your family jumps off the page."

 Manhattan Book Review "Harlem Bible"

This is a perspective of African-American history that is lesser know. Heartbreaking, racist, and cruel moments in middle school and in high school give the book particularly important emotional and historical value. The book reads like a work of history. It could be especially useful to historians and students of American history. 

Amsterdam News by Yvonne Delaney Mitchell

The book (Harlem Bible) is full of days gone by and once familiar names such as the late, great, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Both of Grant's books vividly portray a bygone era. They the Harlem Bible  & Rhythm  For Sale  both capture the imagination and take the reader back to a time that the young don't know about and the elders have forgotten. They are perfect reading materials 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

I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Grant Harper Reid, who recounts a time and place in history that many have either forgotten, don't know about, or deliberately ignore. 

The author's emotional and descriptive writing is almost cinematic - I feel as if I'm watching a movie or documentary. It's fascinating, heartbreaking, sometimes humorous, and unpredictable.

The author, "As we matured, we began to understand that the battles of our childhood were things of the past."

By-Boo O' Conner